Today, April 4th is the forty-first anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The night before his assassination, he said, "I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land." We aren't there yet -- racism, sexism, and all the other "isms" are still very much with us. Don't get me wrong, things have improved but we still have a long way to go.
Here are some of my favorite words from Dr. King. I think they're worth thinking about in the difficult times we are facing in this country today and hope you do, too.
* Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
* Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
* Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
* In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
* The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
* Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
* Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
* The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
I hope y'all take a moment and remember this good man and his mission today.