Dr. King’s life was dedicated to uplifting his fellow-man, the downtrodden, the poor, the hopeless, and the forgotten. In Trumpet of Conscience, Dr. King reflected on hope, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose the courage to be, the quality that helps you to go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
This year the economic situation is taking center stage. Young people fresh out of college are trying to find jobs and mature adults laid off from their once secure jobs are having trouble finding (any) job and especially ones commensurate with their former income. Two years ago this time our minds were on the catastrophic devastation in Haiti. (Note: Please don’t forget about them; they still need our help!) Last year it is on the senseless Arizona killings and the worsening respect for our public officials and for life itself. This coupled with massive job layoffs, increasing numbers of people facing life altering health challenges, and those with jobs facing furloughs or no pay raises makes the need to pull together and help each other even more critical. People are hurting. United we stand and divided we fall. We cannot let our fellow brothers and sisters lose hope and we can’t lose hope either.
Keep Hope Alive
We’ve got to do what we can to “keep hope alive.” Not only for those in our families that are facing challenges, but also for the jobless, homeless, and hopeless people everywhere. Reflect on the time in which Dr. King lived and how he responded to difficulties. In spite of everything he endured, the hoses and attack dogs, his home bombed, being spit on, jailed, ridiculed, and threatened with death, he still had hope and faith. You may not think that you have enough to share, but what the world needs now is love, encouragement, hope, and perhaps a big smile. Now I know those things won’t pay the bills, but they can perhaps lift someone’s spirit and help them get through that day. You never know when you might need a little encouragement. Perhaps a smile might be just what you need to make it through a day. Dr. King never gave up on his dream and fought for it until his dying breath. So, don’t give up on your dream either and when you feel like giving up, remember Martin.