As I sit here and write this post it is still MLK Day in America.
Dr The Reverend Martin Luther King Junior is one of those men who should be revered the world over.
I’ve been talking with my children in the last few days about kids that get picked on.
“We are going to be a family that looks after the kids who get picked on!” is the new mantra in the Brittenden household, “and do you know what happens to you guys who look after the kids being picked on?” With wide eyes Miss 5 says, “What dad?” “You become people who change the world” is my answer.
So now when I ask them what becomes of the kids who look after those getting picked on, they say to me, “they change the world!” and I couldn’t agree more.
MLK not only looked after kids being picked on, but a whole people group, and by the time of his tragic death he not only was looking out for those ‘picked on’ people, but millions more in his country and around the world.
I would encourage you to read up on MLK, you can download many of his lectures and speeches free from iTunes and see them on YouTube, but I do want to leave you with one, extraordinary prophetic series of utterances from the great man.
These are the final words of his “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech
Less than 12 hours after these words he was assassinated.
Look at those words again…
“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
Did he foresee his own death? Did he know? Did he realise that his job was done? No one knows.
There are very few people that have ever been on the face of this planet that deserve our respect, awe and wonder as much as MLK does. He was someone who changed the world by looking after people who were getting picked on.
Happy Birthday MLK