The world is on fire. Everyone is mad at someone. Riots are all the rage. Tensions are high. Wars are trendy. And it’s Monday.
With all of that, it’s hard to find a reason to be thankful. Unless you stop to take a look at the things you’ll never see on the news.
1. At dinner earlier this week my son said the blessing. He thanked God for Martin Luther King standing up for what’s right. While he was praying, George Strait was playing on our radio. I’m thankful for that small but significant piece of diversity and the conversation it produced.
2. A friend at church is a retired cop from a major American city. When he was on the force he answered to a sergeant who did not like him. My friend is white. His boss was black. Both assumed that the other was a racist. One day my friend waited outside of his boss’ office. He wanted to make things right. His boss finally came in wearing only half of his uniform. His plan that day was to get dressed in his office. Instead, he had to deal with my friend, the man he didn’t like.
“How can I make things right so that we can get along?” my friend asked his sergeant.
“We’re okay,” the sergeant replied. And then he hugged my friend.
My friend was worried what people might think if they walked by and saw him hugging his partially clothed boss.
But those worries were no match for the peace that came with that small reconciliation between the races.
We could use another Martin Luther King Jr. these days. Until someone like him comes along, we can celebrate the seemingly insignificant.
I’ll probably never give a memorable speech from Washington D.C. But, at my kitchen table, I can teach my sons about men who stood up for justice.
I never got to meet Martin Luther King Jr. but I’m glad that I know a former cop who has been so impacted by the gospel that he can’t settle for the same old racial tensions that King stood against.
I’m thankful for Dr. King.
But I’m also thankful for the thousands of others who are seeking to live out his dream – one seemingly insignificant moment at a time.