At a time where racial divide was rampant, RFK decides to deliver the sad news that MLK was killed of which compelling evidence pointed to a white person as the assassin. Yet RFK is willing to stand at the heart of the African American area and pronounce MLK’s dearth. The police warn him as they would not be able to guarantee security for him. Yet this man RFK decides to go anyhow. This to me goes to show that RFK was willing to lay down his life for what he believed in, he had calculated the cost of being a leader. The other challenge he would be faced with is, how do you even prepare a speech for such a terrible and great loss in the country? what do you say to the people who have just lost their anchor of hope?
Here is the link to RFK’s speech, utterly amazing, just amazing…we need more of these kind of leaders. “And let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.” –Robert F Kennedy
Some of the things that holds us back is fear of making mistakes and fear of wasting time of our lives. We want to be effective especially in the new life Jesus Christ has called us into. In the end we want to hear our master Jesus Christ say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”–Matthew 25:21. Francis Chan says he made more mistakes by doing nothing compared to doing something. Though God did not allow David to build him the temple God was pleased with his heart’s intention. David was not perfect he had done so many mistakes. In fact the Bible is filled with imperfect people whom God used mightily. Many of us waste time on waiting to hear from God to do something. Chan’s question: was it God who said i should go on Facebook or watch TV ? yet i still so such things without hearing from God. The point is that we can decide to do something, unless God said you cannot do that.
This sermon/video holds some keys for one to live a practical life of faith. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —2 Peter 1:5-15. May God help me live a life of faith.
This video speaks a whole lot than what a 1000 words could convey…
Before Jesus left his disciples he warned them about the world, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33. Jesus did not live for himself but for the glory of God, and when he thus live for God’s glory he met with many troubles and finally was killed (though he rose again on the third day). He called every person to follow him for he alone was the way to the father. If Jesus experienced trouble in the world everyone will also face challenges in the world. Trouble does not only come to those who break the law of the land or those who do wrong things. As long as we are trying to live for the glory of God, that means as long as we try to live our purposes out, the way God had created us to live, we will face trouble. I saw a clip on youtube by Rocky Balboa that sends this message in modern terms.
by Rocky Balboa
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!
Shane Koyczan, who just once spent some time in the hospital with an amazing nine-year-old kid dying of cancer. This is his amazing story.
By Shane Koyczan