We all know that if we're going to make a positive difference in the world, our heart has to be in the right place. But it's keeping our heart in that right state that usually ends up being the biggest challenge.
If the lyrics, “Bind my wandering heart to Thee” from Come Thou Fount have ever resonated in your heart like they have in mine, you know what I mean.
In our culture, we don’t particularly love the thought of rules. We tend to think of them as restrictive, or binding, if you will. But sometimes that binding element is exactly what we need to get our hearts to stay where we need them to in order for them to grow properly.
I’m not advocating a legalistic lifestyle, but I am advocating for a structured one. Not structured in the form of schedules or formulas (though those aren’t necessarily bad), but structured by firm values and deep convictions, which are rooted in biblical truths.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the best examples the world has of a man who lived his life, both publicly and privately, according to his convictions. He was not a perfect man - and obviously made huge mistakes. (Dr. King's life, and the biblical accounts of other moral giants, paints a beautiful picture of how God continually uses imperfect people to advance His perfect will.) The difference Dr. King made was a tremendously positive one for untold millions, and he would have been the first to admit that his family played a pivotal role in keeping him grounded during those times when his heart was prone to wander.
His niece, Dr. Alveda King, has made it easy for us to share in the powerful legacy and priceless inheritance of the King family. Her new book, King Rules is an account of memories and especially of the beliefs that shaped her family, her uncle and ultimately, our nation.
Specifically, she shares ten rules that were religiously observed in the King family. I don’t want to give too much away, but the first chapter in her book is about rule number one: Make Home a Priority. (If you’re at all familiar with my writing, you know that this theme tugs on my heart in a big way.) Two of the other rules that really resonate in my heart are Fight for Justice and Build the Beloved Community.