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What You Do Does Make a Difference

Monday morning over breakfast I told the kids about Martin Luther King, Jr. They learned when he lived and died. Where he was born and what he did for an occupation. What he was known for and how he made a difference.

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As I was reading this information to them, the kids would interrupt to discuss and ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of what they were hearing. I was glad they wanted to know more about this man who made such a huge impact on our nation’s history.

He stood, instead of idly sitting by. Preaching truth, freedom, and equality for all. He came alongside and supported a fellow African American, Rosa Parks, when she refused to give up her seat to a white man.

After breakfast we began watching this video . It begins with the March on Washington leading to the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In the kitchen cleaning up breakfast, I stopped what I was doing and listened as this passionate, sincere man began to deliver words that would make a lasting impact on our nation and the civil rights of its citizens.

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”

Strong. Powerful. True.

That’s how I would describe Dr. King’s initial statement to the crowd that gathered with him at the Lincoln Memorial.

There were many reasons to pause and discuss as we continued listening to this famous speech.

After experiencing a good portion of the speech, we skipped to the ending, as MLK’s passion and conviction seemed to grow with every word.

“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi, from every mountain side. Let freedom ring . . .

When we allow freedom to ring-when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, Free at last, Great God almighty, We are free at last.”
(Copyright 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.)

Dr. King painted such a beautiful picture with his words. I love closing my eyes and imagining the ringing of freedom spreading from the majestic hilltops, mountains and slopes as he dreamed of unifying our country.

Martin Luther King Jr. made a difference. A huge, colossal difference! He had a calling and he answered. This son of a pastor, who was himself a pastor, wasn’t afraid to get involved.

He would never fully see the extent of his work, as his life was taken at such an early age, but that doesn’t diminish the impact he made.

We may or may not make an impact as far-reaching as Dr. King, but that doesn’t change how his example encourages me to answer opportunities to make a difference.

Almost every church I know is in need of Sunday School teachers for kids. Our church is no exception, so last year Andy and I felt prompted to answer that call. What an amazing opportunity we get each week to teach these kids truth as they live in this tainted world. Most weeks as I prepare, I often think that the person receiving the greatest impact from the lesson is actually me. 🙂

I LOVE getting to share through my blog! It’s something that feeds my soul as I write the words that are laid on my heart. Whether or not it makes a difference in others’ lives, it certainly has made a difference in mine.

As a mom opportunities arise daily to impact my kids through speech, actions, and example. I don’t want to waste this gift of time. I’ve recently become more aware of the “little” moments that unexpectedly show up. These special ways to connect with each child may at first appear insignificant, but end up mattering.

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A difference can be made in one person’s life through our actions. It can be as simple as taking the time to have a real conversation with the cashier as you check out at the grocery store, bringing a meal to a family who welcomed a new baby, or visiting an older couple from church who delights in visiting with kids. Our family has had the chance to serve others in these specific ways, but each of us has unique opportunities that cross our path.

My life may not replicate what Dr. King did as he walked with 250,000 others in Washington, gave countless speeches, and stood for what was hard, but I pray that loving God and loving others will make a long-lasting impact for His Kingdom.

You’re making a difference. Make the most of it! 🙂

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