This week I am thinking about being good.
And, all the ways I was taught to be good.
A good child.
A good brother.
A good student.
A good person.
A good Christian.
And what it meant to be good.
Doing my best.
All important attributes. Ones which, by and large, I still value.
But, alongside all I was taught is this reflection by John Lewis.
United States Representative.
Civil Rights Leader and Activist.
Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
As a part of the speech he gave to the graduating class at Bates College in the spring of 2016
he said this:
“It was Dr. King who inspired me to stand up, to speak up and speak out.
And I got in the way.
I got in trouble.
Good trouble, necessary trouble.”
Two words, which given all I have been taught about being good, don’t belong next to each other in the same sentence.
Given the state of our nation and world and what is at stake I think I have some unlearning/relearning to do.