On 8/28, we will gather together in Birmingham and begin to put into practice those things we say we believe. The best way to conquer our problems is to focus on the needs of others. We would have a much better handle our situation if we actually saw the rest of the world in context with ours. Our problems seem small.
Sexism? Racism? All lives matter? In comparison to the rest of the world we are a dream. Let's first gain perspective of our blessings as a nation and individuals by helping others.
Are we more concerned about what will happen to us or our neighbor?
Don’t let fear hold you back from helping those around you. Be aware of those around you. Many will see needs but few will act. Today, let’s be people who break past expectations and societal norms to be good Samaritans.
MLK Pledge - #5:
Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
“Do you often feel like parched ground, unable to produce anything worthwhile? I do. When I am in need of refreshment, it isn't easy to think of the needs of others. But I have found that if, instead of praying for my own comfort and satisfaction, I ask the Lord to enable me to give to others, an amazing thing often happens - I find my own needs wonderfully met. Refreshment comes in ways I would never have thought of, both for others, and then, incidentally, for myself.” - Elizabeth Elliot
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” - Martin Luther King Jr.
Here's a story of a couple of Good Samaritans.
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