Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we remember the birth of a world-changer born 84 years ago. After college, seminary, and doctoral studies, he followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps into the ministry. He said, “The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may.” This was more than an idea or sermon topic, this was his way of life. Even after his house was bombed in 1956, he traveled 780,000 miles preaching 208 times the very next year. Though he was assaulted in Selma and Chicago, stabbed in Harlem, and often threatened and jailed, he persevered. His perseverance affected the conscience of America like few others ever have. In 39 short years of life, he became one of the world’s best-known advocates of non-violent social change. This man was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Like Dr. King, our goal in life should not be to “achieve pleasure and avoid pain,” but rather to “do the will of God.” What will you do when trials or hardships come your way in 2013? Will you persevere so that your testimony will be heard? During 2013, commit to God that “come what may” you too will obey the will of God in your life.
". . . because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:3-4)
Posted on Mon, January 21, 2013
by John Daniels