Engaging with your faith
Updated: Feb 6
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and most of us are being bombarded with advertisements for gifts to enhance our relationships, but how about enhancing our relationships in a different way? We just had a day off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. I thought it might be inspiring to take a look at a rule developed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for those who participated in the demonstrations he led. Every demonstrator had to agree to abide by this rule:
Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
Remember always that the nonviolent movement in Birmingham seeks justice and reconciliation, not victory.
Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
Pray daily to be used by God in order that all might be free.
Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all might be free.
Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
Seek to perform regular service for others and the world. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
Follow the directions of the movement and the captains of a demonstration.
I’m sure that many of you can see the scripture under girding each line of this rule. Dr. King never veered from his conviction that Christ was the center of all that we do in life. He died, but the message continues on.
As Valentine’s Day draws near try meditating on these rules each day attempting to put them into practice as they fit your own life.