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True Things…you know what day it is.

10 September 2009

1) Love working on a college campus. Convocation was inspiring today. Hearing the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s (what a title!) words reenacted makes me want to take up the cause of the oppressed today. See below for a little Come To Jesus moment, care of MLK.

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3) boo car trouble. Smelling hot, “low oil” light on. Sketchiness. Turns out it’s my Oil Pressure Sending Unit. (The Chairman of Literal Car Parts Naming Services got a bonus that day.)

4) Am I the last person alive to discover The Flaming Lips are cool? Yes?

5) I finally have internet and cable at home. (God bless gainful employment!) You know what that means…more blogging! And more Top Chef!

begin Come To Jesus time
in one of his last sermons, MLK spoke about what would matter at the end of his life:

Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school.

I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others.
I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.
I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question.
I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.
And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.
I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison.
I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.

If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong,
Then my living will not be in vain.
If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,
If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought,
If I can spread the message as the master taught,
Then my living will not be in vain.

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