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The Gifts of Life
By: Kyler Griffin
Atlanta, GA



There is nothing more precious than the gift of life. This gift of life is used properly when one understands its use, function and power. This gift is not to be taken lightly but it is to nurtured, developed and used to its fullest in a positive way. In a powerful speech titled, "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life " by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he emphasized the importance of valuing the uniqueness of life.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream which influenced the thoughts and actions of many people and through his Chicago speech, he focused on the three dimensions of a complete life that highlights these three powerful words: length, breadth, and height. As I am about to enter college, I reflect on my life's values and purpose and understand that the length of my life is not just determined by how long I live but how my inward determination, passion and realistic life plan cause me to push forward to achieve my goals. The breadth of life, as Dr. King's stated, "Is an outward concern for the welfare of others.''
Our nation is in a serious dilemma. The economical, social, political, community and educational systems have failed to provide stability for those that they were set up to serve and protect. People seem to have become numb and are losing hope. We are slowly losing our personal rights, liberties, and Mom of expression that Dr. King fought so hard to establish. Although, I am only 17 years old, I believe I have the ability and responsibility not only to just impact my community but transform lives.

Dr. King realized that not only is action a necessary ingredient for change, he knew that transformation was the key that would open the door. As an emerging leader, I cannot do everything myself, therefore I hope to find ways to awaken action in others. My dream is to create positive activities that will inspire others to create change on their own. ''Only when the people themselves begin to act are rights on paper given lifeblood. "

The last dimension of a complete life as stated by Dr. King is height. The height of life is the upward reach for God. In church, I was taught about God, but as a Christian, [ live, believe and experience God. I am who I am and all that I will become because of a loving mother and a loving God. I have faced many challenges and obstacles in life; but I have learned how to trust in God. I have had some great opportunities and I learned how to thank God. My faith has helped me and will continue to help me to make it in life.

The three dimensions stated by Dr. King fueled his dream, but I have a dream too; my dream is to pursue a career in Pediatric Medicine. I want to make sure that all children, regardless or race, ethnicity, financial status have access to quality healthcare. I want to impact and influence my community through my leadership gifts, skills and talents, I hope to transform my nation by using my college experience, community service and Christian life to be a positive role model and advocate change.

I have a dream too; it is to be the best Kyler that God has made me to become. My favorite of the motivating words of Dr. King is:

"If you can't be a pine on the top of a hill
Be a scrub in the valley--but be
The best little scrub on the side of the hill,
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.
If you can't be a highway just be a trail
If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or fail---
Be the best of whatever you are. "

As I am graduating from high school and continuing my educational journey, I believe I am on my way to being the best at all I become.


Works Cited

King, Martin L. "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life." New Covenant Baptist Church, Chicago. 9 Apr. 1967. 20 Dec. 2007 <http://www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com>.

The Hob Bible. Rev. 21:16. New York: The World Company.

Phillips, Donald T. Martin Luther King. Jr. on Leadership. New York: Warner Books, 1998




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