Like most of America, I need to lose a few pounds. (OK, maybe more than a few, but I’ll just say “a few” for the sake of this article.) And like most of America, I’ve lost a few pounds before and gained them all back—again, and again and again.
This time I wanted to do something different. So I called my friend, Mark Trogdon, who also had to lose a few pounds. He writes about it in his book, 100 After 50: A Practical Guide to Weight Management
Mark, a former offensive tackle at Mississippi State, was a big boy. His size had always been his avenue to success. Now, it was getting in his way. He had to change his whole way of thinking—and it worked.
OK, call me optimistic. I know a lot of people are discouraged and thinking that all is lost, but I’m not one of them. Yes, I read the papers and no, I don’t have my head stuck in the sand. I know about the debt crisis, the marriage crisis, the education crisis, the healthcare crisis, the crisis of violence and all of the rest of the crises the media has cooked up to make us buy more papers and watch more talking heads argue on TV.
Yes, I know all about the mess we’re in. But here’s what else I know. God is up to something. He’s always working and He’s working now.
Things weren’t great for Christians in the Roman Empire, but God was working. We suffered under communism and fascism, but God is working.
Over the past several years, we’ve had several individuals and couples leave our church to accept full time positions in missions. Most of the time, they will take a short term trip and see if their calling is confirmed by their experience and when they return, if indeed their calling is confirmed, they will be sent off for training and then assignment.
Once they leave our church, they will spend several months in training and in the case of international missions, there will be several months of language training. Missionaries have to go through a lot to be able to work effectively with their new people group.
This past Monday was a holiday for a lot of us. Government offices, schools, banks and a lot of other offices were closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. We were given this day to remember his message and his legacy. Like most holidays, however, it’s become a day to shop or head off for long weekend vacations. Not many of us actually did anything to commemorate the day such as reading Dr. King’s great “I Have a Dream” speech.
I was determined to not let MLK day slip by me this year. So I did some thinking about Dr. King’s life, and here’s as far as I got. Dr. King was a preacher. His civil rights work began when he pastored a church in Montgomery, Alabama. Many of the leaders of the early civil rights movement were preachers.