I am writing this on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Of the many quotes that were on TV, the internet, radio, and newspaper, I thought I would share this one with you, especially since we are in such challenging times:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.
It is a powerful quote and each of us can unpack it as only we can. Presently we are coming out of a season of darkness and headed to more daylight. We witness it each day with the days getting a little longer. We have just come out of a season that teaches us about great love; “For God so loved the world He sent his only begotten Son.” (John 3:16) And yet, I just wonder where our world is headed.
Although the pandemic has brought out the best in some folks, others are struggling to stay positive. It seems much easier to forget others needs and focus on themselves. This darkness, if you will, causes arguments, people not speaking to each other, and the care and concern for others left unattended. Jesus came so that we may have light. He also came with a gospel of love and justice. The ideals of Dr. King are still wanting today some 50 years later. Have we learned to drive out hate with love? Each one of us needs to answer that question individually.
How do we unpack that quote? Do I prefer to live in darkness and stand my ground on an issue, any issue? Am I willing to let someone shine some light on it? Or do I remain in my comfort zone and refuse to see other options? Hate is a harsh word, but we are quite capable of it. It may be in small matters which almost seem inconsequential. Who, me?, we may say. I don’t hate anyone! But how do we treat those who are different than ourselves, have different ideas?
Celebrating days like Martin Luther King Day reminds us to check in on our thinking and actions. I truly believe we are all basically good and want to do what is right and just, but we may get side tracked. How do I remain on track and keep myself living in the light and acting with love? Again, each of us needs to answer that and perhaps we need to start in small ways. There is a quote I have in my office that reads “Don’t worry, I didn’t finish everything in one day either.” GOD
May this week bring you opportunities to move out of the darkness and into a life of Light and love.
Till next week,