When you get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget that your blessings didn’t just fall from the sky and aren’t based on your hard work alone. I am acutely aware that the sacrifices of my parents and many others birthed amazing opportunities for me to become everything God created me to be. Because they sat, I can stand. Because they marched, I can soar. Because they prayed, I am living the dream.
Years ago I attended an event at a downtown Atlanta hotel. It was a luncheon panel with civic and business leaders. Radio One’s Chair and Founder, Ms. Cathy Hughes was a panelist along with others including, Mrs. Coretta Scott King. When the event was over, I was gathering my things to exit the ballroom and looked up at the panel participants on the elevated stage. Some of them were socializing. I saw Coretta Scott King and I thought, “Maybe I should go say hello and thank you?” She wasn’t completely swarmed with people but I started second guessing my idea. I took a deep breath and started walking across the ballroom in front the panelist stage. I looked up again and caught Mrs. King’s eyes. I smiled with all my teeth, waved and nodded. She smiled back and nodded. I walked out the hotel and a tear rolled down my cheek. I said out loud, “I’m going to thank her and Dr. King the same way I promise to thank my parents, by the way I live my life.” I still feel that way. It is however, one of few regrets I have; I should have approached the stage and verbalized “Thank you” to Mrs. King.
If you follow me on Social Media, you often see me using the hashtag Squeeze Life. That is what I am attempting to do daily. My parents worked hard so I could have an abundant life, Civil Rights Leaders worked and continue to work hard so I can have a better chance at an abundant life, Jesus suffered and died so that we can have life more abundantly, to the full, until it overflows. I don’t want any of that to be in vain. I’m going for the overflow. How about you?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17
As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy died. Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay. #MLK50Forward #MLK pic.twitter.com/qhwSnX9Qmh
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 15, 2018
— Veda Howard (@vedahoward) January 15, 2018