8/19/10

What I’ve been chewing on this summer Part 1

I read the following article several weeks ago http://tinyurl.com/2ahtl5m and for some reason I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s an article about Nichelle Nichols who played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek. After the first season of Star Trek she thought about quitting the show to go to Broadway and pursue her career there.

However, she had the opportunity of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was introduced as one of her biggest fans. Apparently, Star Trek was the only show that Dr. King would allow his children to watch because it portrayed the dream and future that Dr. King was fighting for. When Nichols mentioned to King that she was going to quit Star Trek and pursue a career on Broadway, King gave the following response:

"You are part of history, and it's your responsibility, even though it wasn't your career choice."

Are you happy with your job? Do you long for something more? Are you paid your worth? Do you look to the stars instead of your back yard? Do you feel destined for greater things? Do you feel appreciated?

I’m sure these were the questions that were going through Nichelle Nichols mind. They are the same thoughts that have gone through everyone’s minds…including my own. But what if you had met the great Dr. King and he had said to you what he said to Nichelle?

Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in thinking only about ourselves. It’s easy not to think about the lives we impact, the importance of our work, the relationships we maintain, and the fact that we are a part of history. I may have mentioned this before…but there is an old Jewish proverb that goes, “There is a long way that is short and a short way that is long.” In life there are always two choices…the easy road and the hard road.

Even though the road may be hard, we have someone who has walked a harder road. Daily He wants to let you know that you are a part of history and His story. He has a specific calling for you, and maybe it wasn’t your career choice…but it is your responsibility. You may have wanted something more glamorous or noteworthy…but this is your responsibility and you have a responsibility to that responsibility. To be a good steward of your time, gifts, talents; to do your job to the fullest of your abilities; to fight; and to take the hard road…the one less travelled.