These are days when it can be hard to remember our better selves. Awash as we are in daily reminders of mean spirits, vulgar and base pursuits, and the depths of inhumanity of which we are capable, we struggle to remember the dreams that have ennobled our personal and societal aspirations.
Can we ever be great people? Can our nation ever make any legitimate claim to moral greatness? How would a great people address the many forces that seem to pull us apart, to entomb us in a casket of anger, hatred, and despair?
While reflecting on these questions recently I came across a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. that shed some light in the shadows.
“Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”
As he so often did, Martin Luther King, Jr. once again both calls us to greatness, and reminds us that it is within our grasp.
If we are willing to take the Christ-like way of serving.
On this day when we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., my prayer is that we will rediscover the greatness that comes from serving others.