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Dr. King’s Daily “Rule” for Life

January 16, 2017
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Photos of King Monument, Washington DC (Chris Rice, July 2016)

On the ML King birthday holiday, I propose an experiment: Take this week to reflect on and follow Dr. King’s profound daily “rule” for participants of the 1963 Birmingham campaign.

Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.

Remember always that the nonviolent movement … seeks justice and reconciliation, not victory.

Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.

Pray daily to be used by God in order that all might be free.

Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all might be free.

Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.

Seek to perform regular service for others and the world.

Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.

Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

Follow the directions of the movement and captains.

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