Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day and it’s a great time for families to talk about what we can learn from Dr. King’s words and life. I wrote a post for the Jelly Telly blog sharing four great quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and some practical ways we might apply them to our lives. You can find the beginning of the post here, then you can hop over to Jelly Telly to catch the rest of the post!
Here it is…
We remember Martin Luther King Jr. for leading the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 60’s . He worked to end segregation – the separation of black people from white people in schools, restaurants, and other public places in the United States. He also fought for equal rights for people of all races and skin colors.
More than 48 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quotes and writings remain relevant and inspiring for our country, and for us as individuals. (He is the only non-President to have a national holiday in his honor!)
We can remember Martin Luther King Jr. today by recalling some of his most famous words, and honoring him by applying them to our own lives. In fact, King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, in regards to remembering him on his birthday, said:
“The greatest birthday gift my husband could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.”
Even more: the themes Dr. King stood for were also Biblical! Today we’ll look at just four themes of MLK Jr’s life, some Scriptures that they reflect, and consider how we might apply them to our family’s life today.
“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 your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Read God’s Word:
Hebrews 6:10 NIV “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
John 15:13 KJV “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”
Gather as a family and share simple acts of service each person can do today: At school. At work. In the neighborhood. At home (sometimes the hardest!) Like Dr. King said, “anybody can serve!”
READ THE REST OF THE POST WITH THREE MORE QUOTES OVER AT THE JELLY TELLY site (click here to keep reading!) 🙂
Much Aloha and have a great (long!) weekend.