Last night my husband decided to listen to several YouTube videos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They were videos of several of his most memorable speeches. We decided to listen to one in particular entitled: “If I Had Sneezed…” As Dr. King’s voice filled our bedroom, I heard the passion, I heard the commitment, but most importantly I heard the unwavering hope in every word he uttered.
Hope that echoed, and resonated with something inside of me. Hope is a powerful force. It’s right up there with faith and love. Perhaps that is why God chose to put it between faith, HOPE, and love. But His Word says, “and the greatest of these is LOVE.”
Dr. King understood love. He loved in the midst of hate. He hoped in the midst of despair.
Perhaps many of us need to examine why our hope is faltering. Why are you feeling bitter? Why do you think of yourself better than any another person, better than any other race or culture of people?
My friend…let me encourage you to examine your heart today. I challenge you to think in hope as it relates to the injustices in the world today. Don’t turn your head thinking that it’s someone else’s responsibility to confront injustice. The truth is that it’s everyone’s responsibility to combat injustice.
How do you combat it? You combat it by doing what you do.
If you write- then write about it. If you sing- then sing about it. If you paint- then create art about it. If you speak – then record a video and post it to YouTube.
Who knows…you could be the voice to resonant inside someone else prompting them to take action just like I did.
Do what you do best, and let hope fight the hopelessness of injustice around the world.
I simply love the way the Message translation puts 1 Corinthians 13:13 -
“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust streadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
“Hope unswervingly”….WOW….Yep! Sounds like a plan to me.