Monday, January 16, 2012

"Love Is Ultimately the Only Answer"

"I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn't popular to talk about it in some circles today. I'm not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I'm talking about a strong, demanding love."   ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I read this quote today in Teacher Tom's blog post. It's not a quote I remember reading or hearing before. It's a quote that has stayed with me throughout the day. 

Strong, demanding love. Love that sees beyond barriers or differences. 

I want to live that kind of love...but I must admit that sometimes it's hard. Maybe I don't struggle with loving someone of a different race or color. But what about someone of a different political opinion. Or someone who makes much less or much more than I do. Or someone younger or older. Or someone who is just irritating.

Strong, demanding love. Love that sees beyond attitudes and circumstances.

As someone who interacts regularly with young kids, I also run into instances that may challenge that love. The child who won't sit still or stop talking. The child who won't talk or who wants to just watch. The child whose brain works differently and acts differently. The child who does "it" one more time. 

Strong, demanding love. May God help me live that love with the children and the adults I encounter every day.


  1. Hear hear. I know that challenge well.

    Have you read this post of mine? Some ideas for when we can't feel the love:

    It's all about perspective... and rainbows!

    1. I had not seen your post, Annie. it's just what I was thinking when I wrote this one. I will certainly think about kids in a different way now = maybe my rainbow needs adjusting. Thanks!

  2. Oh, boy...I needed this post last week. One of those days that I was counting down the minutes until school was out for the day. I think I'm going to write that last bit you wrote down and on my desk so I see it before I enter the classroom every morning. :) Thank you!