“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14, NIV).
Words flowed from the emissaries of old. St. Ignatius Loyola urged us to “Go forth and set the world on fire.” As a voice speaking out against a rising regime, Dietrich Bonhoeffer declared, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Instructing and inspiring an agenda larger than life itself, why would such humble servants agree to such a high call?
I admit the depth of my ignorance when I stepped across that historic threshold and heard the faint words of a servant inspiring a people to dream. I knew bits and pieces of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeless “I Have A Dream” speech. I even knew the general history of this son of a Baptist preacher, but by the end of that day, the tenets of his sermon confirmed its purpose in me.
I’ve said it before. Words can cut you down or build you up. They instruct and inspire. And as we reflect on our favorite emissaries of old, find purpose in their words. Let their words, as well as the Word of God, remind you of why you serve, act, speak or dream.
Now “Go forth and set the world on fire!”