i’ve been telling people for about 10 years that they need to read Letter From a Birmingham Jail to truly understand and appreciate what Dr. King was about and what that means to America.
the letter was written on the margins of a newspaper with no resource materials. he later transferred it to a legal pad he got from his lawyers. the scope and ideas in the letter really nail down for me what Dr. King was about. it is amazing piece of literature that should be required reading. the points of this letter are what his life was about and still make a huge difference for so many people today. i’m thankful for his life. it was a life too short, and well lived. he lived life to the fullest, because he lived out his faith.
God Bless you Dr. King.
here is an excerpt from the Drum Major Instinct that i keep as a quote in my files. i hope it blesses you like it blesses me.
And so Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.
And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody 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. And you can be that servant.