And so Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. 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.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1968, February). Drum Major Instinct. Sermon adapted from the 1952 homily ‘‘Drum-Major Instincts’’ by J. Wallace Hamilton, Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
Their music and style moves my soul on so many levels. If only I could go back in time to the 1960’s and admire the legacy and beauty they created.
-What did you forget now?
-It doesn’t matter. We all forget things. Love is about forgetting time, yet remembering it can end at any time.
-Whether it’s two or three in love, we have to handle becoming childlike together.
-It’s my first time, too.
-So we’ll remember it all of our lives.