Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a family, this is a time to reflect on the momentous growth and accomplishments that America has taken with race relations. It is because of individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that people are beginning to open their minds, hearts and spirits to cultures that are different from themselves and to realize that we are not “at all” that different.
Are there still steps that need to be made as far as race relations are concerned? Indeed there are. But I sincerely believe that how we treat people comes from how we are taught at home. It is not enough just to “say” that everyone is equal, if you are speaking and acting the opposite. Trust me, it is evident when you or your family is not culturally diverse. It is important.
This world is full of interesting, different, and fascinating people. I could not imagine my life without some of the most wonderful people I know and love from all around the world. It would be unfortunate if we allowed ourselves not to partake in learning about different cultures and remain focused on “what we feel comfortable with”. That is not the way God wants us to live.
Take the month of February to consciously seek diversity in your family’s life and lifestyle.