This week we will celebrate the life of one of the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King’s mission was to tear down the walls of racism and bring equality and justice to all. January 20, 2021, will mark another groundbreaking date in history since the election of President Barack Obama. On this day, President-Elect Joseph Biden will be sworn into office, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office. Vice President Harris will serve as the first woman and woman of color to serve in this seat. Amidst the excitement, there will be some who may not share the same sentiments.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you want to see.” We have been afforded the opportunity to put this statement into action. Be the peacemaker instead of stirring strife or engaging in spreading discord. Be truthful. Share the truth in love. Be willing to engage in conversations with people to help foster understanding where there may be confusion or lack of knowledge. Be ready to forgive, even when it hurts. Be willing to show up when help is needed. Be willing to love people past what you may see. Be the support that someone may need during their time of struggle. Be willing to be a voice for those who are unable to speak. Lead by example. Most of all, be prayerful for our communities, cities, state, and world. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
I am not suggesting that being the change will solve all of the world’s problems; however, I will say it is a great start. These actions will plant seeds that have the potential to grow. Curiosity will peek, and people will have much-needed conversations. If we want to see change, we have to be willing to do the work. We cannot grow weary and give up just because of what we see. What about what we don’t see? What about the change that is taking place that is not publicized? We all must do our part in making sure that change takes place in our community. Take time out this week to reflect on what you can do to create change and then be willing to do the work.