This Monday, the Nation will pause and celebrate the life, ministry, and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I would encourage us all to approach this National holiday as so many others do: “a day on” rather than “a day off.” While many in our community gather to lament the sins of the past, reflect on the work of those that came before us, and serve those around us, Dr. King's words and work remain important for us today. Of these, I want to take some time to reflect on the Commitment Card Dr. King created, signed, and encouraged everyone participating in the movement to sign.
As you read through this commitment, signed by many who came before us, think about the importance of these words today and how they reflect the greatest commandment: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40). How can we as a community use these words to help spur us on to good works, works that glorify our Father as we prepare our students to go into an ever-hostile world and engage it for Christ?
- Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
- Remember always that the non—violent movement in Birmingham seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory.
- Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
- Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.
- Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
- Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
- Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
- Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
- Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
- Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.
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