As the world watches the inauguration of the new president Barack Obama, it is an opportune time to renew a commitment to service and social upliftment. Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day in the USA and the incoming president took the opportunity to exhort the nation to dedicate itself to a day of service. The President-elect launched a service initiative, Renew America Together.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday [is] a day to be remembered and celebrated not as a day off, but as a day on,” said Obama.
More importantly, it is not just on this day but every day that one rededicates oneself to serve. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”