Congressman John R. Lewis, died on July 17, 2020, at the age of 80 years. He had served as a congressman for approximately 34 years. He was known for, among other attributes, his courage and integrity and for causing #goodtrouble. He was willing to risk his life for what he believed in. At the age of 23, he was the youngest of the speakers at the 1963 March on Washington.
Centuries earlier, four young men, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, were taken as captives from their homeland to serve a heathen king in Babylon (Daniel 1). They were also known for their courage and integrity and were willing to lay down their lives out of their devotion to their God.
As I reflect on the life of Representative John Lewis, and on the four Hebrew young men, I am reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy, “You are young, but don’t let anyone treat you as if you are not important. Be an example to show the believers how they should live. Show them by what you say, by the way you live, by your love, by your faith, and by your pure life.” (1 Timothy 4:12, ERV). These men are examples to us in all stages of life./ With God’s help, we can also be courageous and godly examples to others, instead of cautionary tales.
I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Young.” The link to the Time Magazine article was added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.