All for the sake of freedom.
This is only a small part of the legacy that Congressman John Lewis leaves behind.
As I watched his body lay in state in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, I could only imagine the blood, sweat, and tears (literally) that were shed, as he devoted his life to fighting on behalf of his people, on behalf of me.
(Photo Credit: The Guardian via John Lewis' Twitter)
John 15:13 says:
No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.
In many ways, John Lewis sacrificed the opportunity for a "normal" life to zealously pursue equality. Since the 1960s and all the years that followed he thought very little of self and focused his attention on being a voice for those who were, in many regards, voiceless. He wasn't afraid to ruffle feathers, he didn't try to fit the status quo. Congressman Lewis was willing to be shackled, with the hope of securing the God-given rights of every man, woman, and child--to be treated as image-bearers of the Creator.
Am I willing to get into "good trouble?"
That is the question I have been pondering over the last couple of days. The easy answer would be, "yes" but I will say a strong maybe. I am definitely not confrontational and I like to stay within the confines of my own little bubble. However, through my reflection, God has challenged me to not be comfortable, being comfortable. My "good trouble" may not look like Mr. Lewis but I have to be available to let the Lord use me as he sees fit.
Sis, are you?
To a great man and a phenomenal instrument that displayed God's heart for humanity---Well done.
My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, say something! Do something! Get in trouble! Good trouble! Necessary trouble!
Congressman John Lewis