For those of us in the United States, we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday this last weekend. For those who many not know (or who may not remember since they were in grade school), MLK was one of, if not the, biggest names in the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
Many people may remember the speech he gave on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
What is most surprising to me is that many people tend to forget that he was also a Christian pastor (which would explain why he was so involved in the plight of those who were marginalized during the era of Jim Crow Laws).
In learning more about the man Dr. King was, I came across this quote from him:
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Stepping aside from the religious aspect of it, there are many things that require a “leap of faith”, if you will. For those of you still in the dating scene, a leap of faith is required to ask that special someone on a date. In business, a leap of faith is required to know who to work with and how much capital is worth risking. Even in some of the scientific fields, a leap of faith is sometimes needed when working out a specific hypothesis (quantum physics does a lot of this, believe it or not).
In the end, faith is a call to action. It was faith that motivated MLK to stand for what was right, even while being unjustly imprisoned, watching his family and friends be tortured, and, yes, even to stand in front of an entire nation to champion the cause of civil liberties for all.
So here’s where we stand. Are we going to continue faithful in the cause that we have set ourselves to? As this is the beginning of the year, are we going to have the courage and the faith to step into the unknown and work toward bettering our lives.
In the end, the choice lies with us as individuals.