Monday, January 18, 2016

Taking The First Step + #MyPostMonday Link-Up

If there were more people who held to the standards and values that Martin Luther King, Jr. did, we would be a better nation and world! It amazes me how many truly great people, who buck the trends of society by showing others a better way, have paid for it with their lives. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted change and he led a force of people who also wanted change. But he was the calming influence in a maelstrom of violent resistance on both sides of the aisle. It was a coward full of hatred who pulled the trigger on April 4, 1968. Knowing that he was hated, he could have given up and joined the rest of the haters, reciprocating with similar gestures. But, as he simply yet eloquently said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." That is why he has been eulogized and epitomized to this day and beyond. We have a lot to learn from the life of this great Christian man. 
 I love so many of his sayings, but if I had to choose a favorite it would be, "Faith is taking the first step even if you don't see the whole staircase." It shows me that he did, in fact, have a great understanding of faith. To me, faith isn't a noun. It is a verb, an act, a state of moving forward even though you can't necessarily see anything ahead of you, other than the first step and then the next step. 
 It's a good thing to have faith in something or someone that will, in the end, produce good results. Martin Luther King had faith in the Bible. He was a student of the Bible and he believed the teachings of Jesus Christ, for instance, when He said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." I believe he used the Bible as his blueprint for causing change. And then he acted out of faith through his whole crusade. He is a great example to me and today I stop for a moment to remember him and pay my respect.
Image - Cole Gleave

Today is "My Post Monday!" It's all about original content from bloggers who care to share what is on their minds--from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for original, non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos! Sponsored posts are great and I appreciate the information from well-written and authentic sponsored posts, I write them myself! But this linky is for non-sponsored posts because they are all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows. It's not about a specific brand and what it compensates the blogger to promote! If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase! (Affiliate links OK)  

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