Thursday, July 4, 2013

Gratitude



“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Doing the right thing....it's not always easy. In fact....sometimes it's darn hard. But not doing the right thing is worse.

Erin Brokovitch took a stand for what she knew was right even though at first she stood alone against the bullying and intimation of those she opposed. Erin knew the truth and she cared enough about others to fight for it.

Truth is a weird thing....sometimes I know the truth but something in me wants to turn away. I don't want to become caught up in disagreements or fights. But there are things way too important to sit back and pretend I don't know about, especially if it's something that hurts others. 

This week I"m grateful for people who took a stand for 'right' and refused to back down. Reading about these people.....the courage they had...the backbone to stand against powerful forces....I'm not sure I could do a fraction of what they did. These people totally inspire me.

-Martin Luther King, Jr. - the man had guts. He stood for truth... fought for equality...no matter what they did to him.  
-Erin Brokovitch - Those she opposed tried to silence her voice but truth pushed her to stand strong.
-Irene Sandler - She put her own life at risk to protect so many Jewish lives.
-Harriet Tubman....she knew the truth that God created everyone equal. She defied everything to free slaves again and again and again.  
-My faith in a God who gives me courage to do the right thing even when I'm afraid. And even when I stand alone.....I'm never alone. He's there always.....standing with me. 

13 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Nikki,
No, we're never alone! I'm so thankful He's always with me. When trials come, He's right there beside me. Gumption is a wonderful thing even though it may sometimes get us into trouble. We know it brings glory to Him when we do what's right. Have a beautiful day and thanks for your inspiring post today.

Blessings,
Sandi

Debby@Just Breathe said...

AMEN!

Daisy said...

Wonderful post! Where would we be without those who have stood up for what is right who have gone on before us? Happy 4th to you!

Launna said...

Nikki... these are some pretty amazing people... I am so grateful for people like this that stand up for truth... Very strong individuals:)

Chatty Crone said...

I think what you say is right on. It is not easy to do the right thing! sandie

RCUBEs said...

It is hard to "not go with the flow"...To always do the right thing. Those people you mentioned must know God. After all, He alone sustains our courage. He alone is the Source of Truth. To me, that is true courage...to always do what is right. Blessings to you sister.

Sharon said...

I really enjoyed this, Nikki. Yes, truth is a powerful thing. And God's Truth is THE most powerful thing. It is His truth that sets us free.

May we be courageous and speak the truth when necessary, and wise enough to know when to keep silent. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit guides us in these matters.

GOD BLESS!

Esther Joy said...

Beautiful post, Nikki!

Ashley Barnes said...

Amen to that girl! That's very true and the truth hurts! We are afraid of change, but that what helps us grow!
God bless :) ♥

Just Be Real said...

Hugs to you my precious friend....

Debbie said...

What a motivational read for me this morning! I know I'm way late getting here, but this really spoke to me. I ask myself, would I be willing to stand if standing meant standing alone?

Surprised By Joy! said...

Praying God will give me the strength to do what is right.
Hugs to you my friend,
Tammy

Daisy said...

Great post, Nikki! Sometimes being quiet and patient and listening really is the best route. It's not always easy though. Have a great weekend!