A few months ago I saw a movie that celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is one of the great American heroes of the twentieth century and will always be remembered for his courage and humble service to the cause of social justice. For the most part, we are so far removed from the mindset and hostile environment that he had to face to get us to this point, that we may not be able to fully comprehend just how courageous he had to be. While the movie downplayed the source of his courage – that kind of bravery and conviction can only come of a soul committed to serving the Lord.
For every great leader that stands out, there is a multitude of nameless, faceless people whose actions will never make it in a history book or be made into a movie of the week. Even so, their lives are no less significant and their actions no less needed or appreciated than those of a celebrated hero. One of my favorite Christian comedians, Chonda Pierce, tells a story of a little old lady named Anna who, through gentle, loving persistence, introduced Chonda’s grandparents to Jesus, and in doing so, changed the lives of not only Chonda’s family, but the lives of all the people her family has reached out to.
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Blackwater Falls State Park (May 2010)