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Jan 21 2013

What are you doing for others?

Today, is the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. A man I have come to admire for his strong faith, just beliefs, and brilliant boldness. His ideas on education, and education equality, are ones I find I can easily agree with. Not only because they are right and just, but because I know where Dr. King found his true purpose; in Christ. He was a man with passion for justice, and deep love for all people, because Christ is filled with passion and love for all people.

While Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with such wisdom and eloquence during a trying time for this nation, his words today are as powerful as ever. Here are just two of my favorites:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”

This question is one we should ask ourselves more often.. Pushing to be less selfish, and more selfless. That is how we can change this mixed up culture we have created. Do for others, without expecting in return.. Do for those who cannot give anything in return.. Because, as MLK so faithfully believed, that is what Christ did for us. We can never match God’s love and sacrifice, but we are called to give love freely and sacrifice our God-given gifts and talents daily, for others.

So… What are you doing for others?

Today, I have chosen to rest, regroup, and prepare for my next weeks with my boys. By taking care of myself, staying healthy, fighting off the flu that is quickly spreading, and staying grounded with a faithful heart and stress-free mind, I can better serve the daily needs of my students. While I may not have participated in any service events or outreaches today specifically, I know that taking care of my physical, emotional, and spiritual needs will better equip me for the daily sacrifice I am called to.

So, you don’t always have to dish out plates of food at a soup kitchen, or clean up a neighborhood playground to serve others. Although, those are great ways to help out, serving does not have to be through an organization, or on a certain day, but rather, everyday..

What are you doing for others, today, tomorrow, and each day you are blessed with?

Because the best gifts, and the greatest kind of love, are the ones you give away.

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

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