Today we have a day off work to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to reflect on all he did to pave the way for equality and civil rights.

I think when we have days off work we sometimes see how much we can cram in to these days set aside for rest and reflection.  We look at it as one more day for progress.  An extra day to get ahead of everyone else.  But if everyone else thinks the same thing, then there is no rest.

If you have the day off today, reflect on how far we have come over the decades as a society.  Reflect on MLK and others who have paved the way for freedom.

I know one man who paved the way for freedom in salvation.  His name was Jesus.  He loved everyone.  He called out sin but continued to love.  He healed the sick and brokenhearted and in the process sacrificed Himself for all of us.

As you take time to reflect on all the leaders have done for our country over the years, take time to also reflect on all that Jesus has done to pave the way to eternity in heaven.  It’s a great day to truly relax, reflect and renew out spirits to be thankful for all the blessings we have in this great country.