>> Saturday, October 8, 2011
Yes, he was married … and had four children.
More technical information … and then a surprise portion. He was born to unwed parents … adopted … and at one time lived in a commune … becoming a Buddhist.
By age 25 he was a self-made millionaire … and soon the world would know his name.
The very same paper carried another story of life and death. It was on page three, tucked inside a story about someone else. An inset showed a small picture of Rev. Shuttlesworth, who died on Wednesday.
I had never heard of him.
He was born in
Alabama and became a pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in . Very active in the civil rights movement, his life was constantly in danger. Once, when his house had just been blown up, he escaped unhurt. A police office at the scene (who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan) told him he needed to get out of town as quickly as possible. Rev. Shuttlesworth’s answer, “I am not leaving. I wasn’t saved to run.” He helped organize the Freedom Rides that challenged segregation in the South. Birmingham
He preached his final sermon at the age of 84 … and died at age 89. In 2008, the
Two very different lives.
Our technical world would not be where we are today without the creative mind of Steve Jobs. I used my iPad to search for information for this blog. My iPhone is in my pocket. And these words are being typed on a laptop.
Hooray for technology.
Yet, where would the civil rights movement be today without the brave people who fought unbelievable hatred and archaic laws so that one day a black man could attain the status of President of the
. United States
It matters not if we are white or black … illegitimate or not … wealthy or poor. When death comes, all that matters is that we are ready.
God doesn’t play favorites.
“People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.” Isaiah 26:4-6 (MSG)