Walking In The Light Of Creative Altruism

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photo (5)An opening act of a late night comedy show shows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appearing to a student at his desk who is getting ready to write a paper about him.  The student tells his mom he doesn’t know what to write about and that he needs a little help.  All of a sudden, Dr. Martin Luther King appears on the scene.  The student says, “I must be dreaming” with Martin Luther King replying, “There’s nothing wrong with dreaming.”

This satire was meant to be funny. Sadly, the funny part was, that there were actual truths to it.  The student tells him that, “On Monday, there’s this national holiday called Martin Luther King day.”  Dr. King asks, “Oh, wonderful, is that a day where black and white Americans come together and reflect on the progress we made?” The student says, “No, not really it’s more like a day when my mom calls up work and says, do I have to come in today? And they say, well…the offices are open but you don’t have to come in today, and my mom says, OK…I won’t come in then.”  The student looks over at Dr. Martin Luther King who looks up and says, “Still climbing!”

Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we “will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness.  Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is “what are you doing for others?”  (from thekingcenter.org)

Altruism – unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.

So many of us, me included, look at this day as a day off from work, much like the scene in that show.  But this day stands for more than just a day off.

This is a day to remember what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in, a dream that he wanted one day to be fulfilled.

Oxford Dictionaries named “selfie” the 2013 word of the year. “Selfie” as in self-portraits on your smart phones.  Nothing new about self-portraits, they’ve been around since the invention of photography.

We live in an “all about me” culture.  Social media has catapulted this notion and has run with it full force.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” hits hard!  What are we doing for others? What am I doing for others?

The bible verse I zeroed in on this morning is found in 2 Corinthians 4:5 MSG…

“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves: we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master.  All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you.”

Paul humbled himself for Jesus’ sake.  In this “selfie” world we all live in, those who know Christ, need to be messengers and errand runners from Jesus!  

Are we walking in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness? Will we be messengers and errand runners for Jesus?

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