Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A lot of people have the day off from work or school and like to think of it as a "free day". it's a day on the calendar each year to be free from the normal Monday routines. I think it's appropriate to call it a "free day" since Dr. King spoke so much about freedom for all people.
He also spoke about the need to love one another and to live together in peace. He urged Americans to treat all people equally and to reach out beyond their comfort zone, and to do it with faith.
Dr. King had a calling to become a preacher and a civil rights leader. He was raised in a family that stressed values found in the Bible. Love, hope, and forgiveness. He never considered violence against another as a solution in any situation. And, even when violence was used against him and his followers, he did not return with it.
Yesterday the pastor at our church focused on the word "call" in his sermon. The Bible lessons we read were about the time when John the Baptist was called to prepare the way, and a few of the disciples were called to follow Him.
We are ALL called. We are all given choices to make; choices on how to spend our time and our resources. We are called to use our uniqueness to make a difference. We are called to serve others and to better the world around us.
So, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a very appropriate day to spend a bit of time thinking how you are called - and WHY you are called. And, today is a good time to think HOW you can use your calling in your life, in your community.
I'm called. You are called. Can you hear it??