“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and a walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for God.” Romans 12:1
Today, January 20, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Rv. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. It is observed as “a day on, not a day off,” and encourages all to volunteer to improve their communities. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived a life that transformed the world. We celebrate his life and legacy as an official holiday on January 20th.
Growing up, I always celebrated his legacy. My mother would take us to a play, concert, museum, parade or gathering where we would learn about and honor the life of Dr. King. That evening, I would write up a full report on what I experienced and learned.
The next day I would return to school with my report and a note from my mother, which read, “Dear Teacher, Sheila was out to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has completed a summary of the day and what she experienced…” My mother predicted my teacher’s reaction, because the letter closed with, “I realize that this is not recognized as an official holiday, but it should be. And until it is, it will be recognized as on in my home. My children will learn his life and legacy. Sincerely, Mrs. Doris Spencer.”
Thank you Mama, you were ahead of your time, but the country eventually caught up.
It is incredible when you reflect on everything that he experienced and that he never reached the age of 40. One part of his legacy was the fact that he lived out his calling during the lifetime on earth. Two months before his assassination he told his congregation what he would like said at his funeral: ‘‘I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.’’ He knew the value of living his best life.
There were women who were an integral and important part of the Movement who offered their lives as an offering, such as Ella Baker. She has been called one of the most influential women of the civil rights movement. Active for decades — largely behind the scenes — Baker was a driving force within the NAACP, a founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) headed by King, and orchestrated what would be the first meeting of the emerging SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee).
Disciples Women also have a rich legacy of giving our lives as an offering. We have been crusaders, advocates and dedicated our lives to improving our communities and our world. Let us continue to live our life as an offering each day.
Blessed to be a blessing to you,