“Every decision you make stems from who you think you are and represents the value you put on yourself.” —A Course in Miracles
We are immensely powerful. We have the ability to affect create change in this world. Our power is limited only by our belief in it. Understanding and accepting our power requires faith … a belief in the yet unseen.
In his beautiful speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed:
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
Faith. The belief in the yet unseen.
Faith takes courage. It requires risk. Faith pushes us out on the limbs of the ridiculous where the opinions of others attempt to tear us down.
Faith imbues in us the courage to take on Goliath and believe we can win … eventually.
To believe in the yet unseen is audacious and hopeful. But it is extraordinarily powerful. Just look to Martin Luther King, Jr. for proof of faith’s power.
In his book Marginalia, Edgar Allan Poe wrote, “I have great faith in fools — self-confidence my friends will call it.”
A Course in Miracles teaches: “Every decision you make stems from who you think you are and represents the value you put on yourself.” Have the faith to know how powerful you are and honor that power by being the change you want to see in the world.
Faith paired with a healthy dose of foolishness is all that is required to change this world.
Robyn Short has ghostwritten numerous books and is the founder and publisher of GoodMedia Press. She is a student of A Course in Miracles, a self-study system of spiritual psychotherapy. Robyn is a passionate believer in peace and social justice. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University, a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University. She is a certified mediator and author of Prayers for Peace and the children’s book Peace People, co-authored with Nanon Williams. Robyn is available for book signings and to speak on topics of peace building and nonviolence, especially as it relates to these core issues. Contact Robyn by email.