Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The night we voted for the 45th President of the United States, a friend of mine stopped at the gas station to fill up her tank and experienced something so offensive that it often brings tears to my eyes.
"You niggers have it coming for you now! " The man at the gas station yelled at her.
My friend frantically drove off. She was so shaken by the man's comments that she had to pull over on the highway to regain her composure.
I often struggle to understand why we live in a very dark and hateful time when we all want the same thing—to be loved and accepted.
It's easy to stereotype groups of people and become hateful when you see and hear about injustices taken place today, but we must always remember that only light can drive out darkness. We must set ourselves apart and be that light in a hateful world—even if others around us don't agree or see it the same way.
I have hope for our world. I believe in the good in people, although I won't ignore that there are some people completely taken over by evil. I believe in love—the love of God, and I have a strong faith.
I believe that if we stand together in hope for a better tomorrow, regardless of our sex, color, religion, and backgrounds, we can make a difference in the world.
Martin Luther King, Jr had a dream that people one day wouldn't be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. His dream was fulfilled in many ways, but history often repeats itself.
We've come too far to go backward. Let's continue to move forward in love, in hope, and in peace.
Challenge: Love on someone today.
Display a random act of kindness to someone of a different culture than yourself. Doing something good for another person doesn't just make the person feel great, it makes you feel good too.