Each year on the third Monday of January, we pay our respects and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who fought for freedom, equality, respect, and dignity for all races and for all people. Best remembered for his “I have a Dream” speech that he delivered August 28, 1963 in Washington DC to civil rights marchers at the Lincoln memorial, Martin Luther King Jr’, also epitomized a life of service – service to his fellow man, service to his congregation, service to future generations – even at great personal risk to himself.
May we be reminded about freedom – freedom to speak our mind, freedom to pursue our dreams and goals, freedom to worship our own God, freedom to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. May we be reminded about the high cost of freedom – that freedom is not free. Many lives have been sacrificed by those in military and those on the front lines of justice – including Martin Luther King Jr – all to give us our freedom.
One of the best ways we can honor those who have upheld freedom in our country – is to serve others. As Martin Luther King Jr said,
Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Who can you serve today?