Being from Selma, Alabama, I have always been intrigued by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have read his autobiography and other biographies, I’ve listened to his speeches and sermons, and I have done three presentations on Dr. King. Any person who makes an impact on the world in a way like King did is a hero of mine. His words and actions changed the course of history for the better, and the world has taken notice ever since.
We must either learn to live together as brothers, or we’re all going to perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (At the 4:52 mark)
I find it remarkable that until the day he died, he fought ferocious hate with endless love. The affection he had for people is unquestionable, and the way he put others first is captivating. The more I study his inspirational life, the more I realize just how great of a leader he truly was.
You can listen to his sermon below, and feel the love in his heart coming through his words. But, it would seem that the issues of fifty years ago resemble the same ones we are dealing with today. You can watch the news for five minutes and see that fear is everywhere, and this world is not getting any better.
This being said, we can take a page out of King’s book, and fight hate and fear with love. We need this advice now more than ever before. If your question is “Who can I love?”, know that your options of people that need love are endless. If your question is “How can I love?”, know that it begins with your heart. And if your question is “Why should I show love?”, know that it’s the right thing to do.
I can guarantee that you will never get to the end of your life and wish that you had loved people less.