The Definition of Greatness

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Like most of the rest of the people in our neck of the woods, we took a break from school, yesterday, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.  Despite the break, from our regular, Monday, morning routines, Ezekiel still put together this little banner in remembrance of the legacy Dr. King left.

Everything that I try to show or teach him about our history seems to be really uninteresting to him, but he really gets into using his hands.  So, this was right up his alley.  We got the whole idea from a bonus, activities, email newsletter issued by The Mailbox.  The first sentence starter reads, Dr. King dreamed that; and Ezekiel finished it with, "black and wite pepole would get along."  The second starter reads, He also hoped that; and he finished it with, "they would be treted equal."  The third starter reads, I keep his dream alive by; and he finished it with, "treating evryone with respect."  The final sentence starter reads, Learning about Dr. King has taught me; and he finished it with, "how to be a beter Christian."  It's the life of Dr. King from the perspective of a six-year-old :).

I just love the following quote by Dr. King...

If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful.  If you want to be great—wonderful.  But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  That's a new definition of greatness.  And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve.  You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.  You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.  You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve.  You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.  And you can be that servant.

This excerpt was taken from his "The Drum Major Instinct" speech.  If you get a chance, go read it.  It's really moving.  It, also, followed his recap of a discussion Jesus had, with his disciples, found in Mark 10:35-45 and reads... 

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."

And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory."

But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask.  Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"

They said to Him, "We are able."

So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared."

And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.  But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.  And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

So, my question and challenge to you and I, today, is, how can we be servants right where God has put us?  Coming from a homeschool mother of two, this, many times, becomes, how can I be a servant to my family?  Wouldn't the world be a much grander place, if everyone, including myself, started every day with the determination to live the answer(s) to this question?

I do have something crafty, for you, today :).

I started this card by cropping the bottom front of the Pretty in Pink, cardstock, card base and punching it with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger punch.  I, then, trimmed the bottom with a strip of white cardstock, also punched with the same Doily Lace Edger punch, and stamped the top, in Moonlight White, Brilliance, archival, pigment ink, with polka dots.  A strip of Certainly Celery cardstock, punched, across the top edge, again, with the same Doily Lace Edger punch, was added to the inside bottom of the card base.

I, then, punched the inside bottom corners with SU's Corner punch.  A Certainly Celery ribbon was wrapped around the card face, tied in a knot, and dressed up with several more pink, white, and green ribbons tied in knots.  I'm really loving this look right now!  Not to mention, it's a super, great way to use up those ribbon scraps.  I, then, added the "SMILE", dimensional, sticker sentiment below the ribbons and the glitter, dimensional, butterfly sticker, floating in the stamped polka dots, above the ribbons.  Both stickers are from Target's Simply Shabby Chic line and perfect for sweet, little Meg!

Meg is one of Jennifer's Cards for Kid's kiddos.  According to Jennifer's blog, she is a four-year-old darling battling Leukemia.  At age three, she was diagnosed with high-risk Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.  She is, currently, doing well but still has to be cautious due to her diminished infection-fighting ability.  She still has two years of treatment left and is, currently, taking oral chemotherapy.  On November 23, 2009, she will go in for a lumbar chemotherapy procedure.  She has such a sweet spirit and doesn't complain about all the procedures she has to endure.  Her parents draw their strength from her and from their faith.  Meg loves to dress up like a princess, and "when she wears her princess dresses and high heels to Cook Children’s Hospital, she’s pretty much known as Princess Meg," said her mom Sheri.  Meg is proud of the fact that she has "no peeps" (As in, she doesn't utter a peep!), when she gets her shots.  Her sister, Jenna, is seven-years-old and is a wonderful sister to Meg, playing dress-up and "pajama party" with Meg, when she has to stay inside.  They are a wonderful, loving family who strive, every day, to keep a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts!

It looks to be a rainy rest of the week here in KC.  I hope you're staying dry and warm, wherever you are. 

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