26 March 2019 - Grayson, Georgia
Today I walked mostly along the Stone Mountain Trail and the Freedom Trail on my route from Stone Mountain to Decatur and finally to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta. The exhibits, both in the National Park Visitor Center and the King Center, moved me. They reminded me of this special man who was prophetic, courageous, faithful, loving (even of his enemies), and spell-binding. I have looked up to Dr. King ever since I can remember. He is truly one of my heroes. Like me, he was a member of the clergy - a preacher and a pastor - as well as being a husband and a father. I aspire to be even half the man he was, and I still find his words, his ideals, and his preaching inspiring - many, many years after his death.
Dr. King gave his “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. My wife, Julia, was born on August 28, and she turned 7 on the day that speech was given. Julia is another person who inspires me. She inspires me by her daily dedication to being transparent and authentic, by her adept listening skills, and by her knack for sharing life-transforming wisdom with our children, her clients, her friends, and me. She inspires me with how in touch she is with all of her emotions, and how she continues to follow her creative impulses.
I believe that God is ultimately the Source of all inspiration. God literally inspires us by breathing into us the creative impulse. Since we are made in God’s image, it makes sense that we can tap into the same capacity that God has for creating, renewing, and healing. It is God who inspired Dr. King, God who inspires Julia, and God who inspires me.
Think for a moment today about who inspires you. What inspires you about this person? What in him or her would you like to emulate? How do you already demonstrate those qualities in your own life, and who are the people who look up to you?
A big part of what this walk is about is raising money so that children can be supported in becoming all that they dream of being, so that they become creative, faithful adults who inspire others.
Thank you for helping to make that possible through your support!