Leo Wells on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

gty_march_on_washington_martin_luther_king_ll_130819_16x9_992This Monday, Wells Real Estate Funds will join many other businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions in observing the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps no other individual in my lifetime has had the impact on our society that Dr. King had. Volumes have been written about his civil rights leadership and his many honors and accomplishments. Millions of Americans are familiar with his most famous speeches and quotations.

I recently came across a couple of lesser-known quotes, however, that relate very directly to something very near and dear to my heart. Dr. King said:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

And in referencing the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, he said:

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

If you’ve followed this blog for very long, you’ve no doubt read my thoughts on giving. For many years, the creed of Wells Real Estate Funds has been to “Glorify God and Care for People.” We genuinely try to live that creed. I think it is very important that we focus not only on ourselves and our personal needs, but consider what God would have us do with our time and resources to help others in need.

I hope you will take time this Monday to reflect on the words of Dr. King, and think about ways in which you can impact the lives of others. In particular, I hope you will remember the people of Haiti as they struggle in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake that has struck their country.

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