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Martin Luther King and Jesus and Acts of Kindness Should Prevail on MLK's Birthday
Honor Him with your Life: no fanfare please
We live in a mixed up world where we have somehow lost our ways. In the book of the Prophet Isaiah, it has been written, far better that I could ever write it. Isaiah, Chapter 53, the 6th verse reads, All,
we like sheep,
have gone astray;
we have turned
in his (or her)
The Prophet Isaiah's word, rings just as true today, as it did for those Jews of the olden days.
The Prophet Isaiah was wise to compare us to sheep. Sheep! They are wonderful creatures. Beautiful. Loving. Peaceful. Why! The wouldn't hurt a flea. But sheep are the dumbest creatures that I have ever seen. Stupid! They are. This is why Jesus used the analogy of the sheep as a comparison to we people. He could not help from saying, I am the good shepherd
the good shepherd giveth his life
for his sheep. (Jn 10:11)
shepherds have always been great keepers of their sheep
within the Jewish tradition, and Jesus knew this.
We know the story, as it is written in Hebrew Bible scripture, on the top of our heads. How King David was a shepherd, in his youth, out in field, tending to his father's sheep, "and when lions and bears would come,
he attempted to encourage them to leave,
but by their natures,
lions being lions,
and bears being bears,
they would turn on David,
in an attempt to kill the sheep,
and of course,
David would kill them.
David was a great shepherd.
You probably see where this is leading to.
Of course it's leading up to Martin Luther King, a pastor, a good shepherd, who cared for people, all people, actually.
My argument is a simple one, if you wish to do something to honor Martin Luther King, "then do something with your own life." Anything positive will do.
First of all, do something for yourself and for your own family, so that you will not become a burden on society (if you are able to do something, do it).
Then, if God gives you the means, do something for others (that is, if you can).
This way, you honor God, you honor yourself, and you honor Dr. King, all at the same time.
In my case, I spend a lot of time producing foods and teaching others how to produce foods, both plants and animals. Education is a big part of what I do. At my farm education programs exist to help people learn agribusiness, among other things. It cost a little money to do this, but we manage to get by. I find myself begging for dollars to run the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, associated with our farm, because we are doing this work to help others, so I don't mine begging a little. These people, that we help, will go out into the world and help others. We want to see all of the world's people eat, and not starve, but we have got to teach them how to produce the food, by and by. We all know the old saying about "teaching people how to fish, instead of just giving them the fish." Well it's true.
I am going to stop here. I have done my share, to help us celebrate Dr. Kings birthday by writing this discourse, and you have done your share, to celebrate, by reading it.
Wishing you and your family, and friends, love, peace and joy. Dr. Haddox