A few years ago, I was with a leadership team as we made our way through Atlanta. We stopped at Ebenezer Baptist Church, to visit the museum of a personal hero of mine. From pastor to civil rights revolutionary, Martin Luther King, Jr. shaped the image of humanity. Sad to say, many white churches stood in his way of racial equality. But he stood strong in what he believed was right, till his dying day.
As we made our way through his museum, I stood speechless in front of a certain display. It read,
In a moment of poetic justice, I realized that my snapshot photo reflected an image of myself. This forced me to look introspectively. It was almost if I stood at a crossroad with greatness. As if Martin Luther King, Jr. himself was asking me, “Chris, what are you doing for others?”
Every man must decide whether he will walk
in the light of creative altruism* or the darkness of selfishness.
This is the judgment.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,
what are you doing for others?
And so I extend the question to you. Will you walk in the light of altruism or the darkness of selfishness? What are you doing for others? Please comment.
And if you have a favorite MLKJ quote, feel free to share.
*Altruism: the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others