We are ALL able – that is the message from the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I don’t know about you, but I find that enormously encouraging not only as a parent of a child with a disability but as a human being. Although we traditionally celebrate the day that bears his name as an “African-American” holiday it is SO much more than that. Dr. King’s message is for all of us.
He is once quoted as saying:
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Greatness is found in the outward expression of our soul. This is the part of us that does not have to bow to any physical limitation. Is your child non-verbal? Her smile can minister to others. Does your son have an intellectual disability? A hug from him can be one of the most the most healing things you’ve ever experienced.
I love Dr. King’s perspective. If we embrace the truth that he is showing us we are limitless. We have an infinite possibility to impact the world around us – WE ARE ALL ABLE.