The Gifts of Life
By: Kyler Griffin
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.''
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
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.
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