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Change is a word that can invoke fear in some people and excitement in others.
Each year on the third Monday in January, we remember a remarkable person who was a catalyst for true change: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When we think of Dr. King and his life’s work, we can’t help but think about change. What did change mean to him?
Everything. In fact, change is exactly what he fought for his entire life. From the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968, he led the Civil Rights Movement that forever changed the way our country viewed racial equality. Playing a key role in numerous peaceful protests and demonstrations, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, he helped bring about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Dr. King’s many accomplishments are too numerous to list here, but we can certainly appreciate the undeniable legacy he left behind. The second child of pastor Martin Luther King Sr., Dr. King followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the ministry. His religious background, combined with influences from Mahatma Gandhi, shaped his belief in nonviolent resistance. Dr. King was the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which embraced the motto that, “Not one hair of one head of one person should be harmed.” He was also a gifted orator, which contributed to his leadership and appeal and influenced how he became the driving force behind a movement that changed the masses’ view on segregation.
Today, as we remember Dr. King, his accomplishments, and his legacy, we can take heart that we are
wonderfully made by our Creator for a purpose. Through Him, we too can accomplish meaningful works, walking in the path that He has set before us:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13, 14)
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16)
Just like the road that Dr. King traveled on, change may come with some challenges. We are not promised a problem-free life or even an easy one. But we are told that we will be given what we need when we seek His will:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
As we start a new year, we can be sure that change can and will come. Let’s be encouraged that when we face those changes in our lives, or if we want to enable change in the lives of others, we are designed and equipped to do just that, according to His will.
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