As we reflect this week on the life and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.,  I wanted to look at a handful of his quotes.  

          Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

When we hear Martin Luther King, Jr saying this we think of big huge moments, like organizing marches or protests.  Consider practicing it in the small places, like family dinners and staff meetings and community groups.  There is never a good time for silence about things that matter.

          True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar.

Taking the easy way out is void of compassion, not to mention dehumanizing to the receiver.  What makes us feel better, may not be what makes someone else better.  Finding solutions, not things that appease us, usually involves significant engagement.  That can be applied to all areas of life.

          We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

In the daily moments of defeat, disappointment, failure, we can be completely derailed by focusing on what didn’t happen.  Accepting that things will not be perfect or go exactly as planned, prevents us from getting stuck.  Keeping our focus on what’s still to come, the hope of what can still happen is what keeps us moving forward.  

I’ll leave you with this final word from Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who changed the course of history against all odds.  

           The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,

           but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.