“I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pillar of passion, who stopped at absolutely nothing to grant freedom and foster unity for the people of this country. For years, he marched, protested, and campaigned on behalf of the African American community in hopes to eradicate segregation, racism, and inequality that permeated our country. Although trials and tribulations met Dr. King many times during his time, he continued to endure, continued to fight, and continued to pursue his dream. . His dream was so big, and he was so passionate about it, that he was even willing to die.
“If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Think about the things you are passionate about. How many of you can say you are willing to die for them? How many of you can say you are you willing to sacrifice your life and your happiness if it means that you will be doing any and everything you can to make a dream or desire a reality? As I mentioned last week, everyone has passion, and everyone is passionate about something. You all have a vision, a dream that you wish to see come true. However, it isn’t going to come true on its own- you have to make it happen. You have to want it so bad and desire it so bad, that you would do anything to achieve it- even if that means losing some friends, going through some trials, or even dying. That’s the type of passion you have to have. If you have a dream or desire to do something with all of your heart, it has to be something worth sacrificing for. It has to be something worth dying for. People do it every day.
When a mother doesn’t eat for three days so she can feed her children.
When a teenage boy wears the same beat up shoes for a year and gets bullied because he’s saving up to buy a guitar.
When a young girl gets two jobs and does her best to make it on her own because she lost her trust fund and is kicked out of her house for wanting to be a missionary and not a doctor.
When a little boy is brutally beaten by his alcoholic father as a result of protecting his little sister from sexual assault.
When a man is subjected to violence, jail time, ridicule, and murder so that the peace, freedom, and victory can reign within the lives of his people.
When a man dies on the cross to save a wretch like you and me from the sins and hatred of this world.
I encourage you all today to be so passionate, so determined, and so courageous when it comes to your dreams that you would be willing to make the sacrifice. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was willing to die for his dream, but today his legacy and dream still inspire, motivate, and live within so many people. Make your dreams something worth dying for. If you don’t, you may as well already be dead.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.