Tye Waller

It's a privilege to work with a man like Tye Waller.  He exemplifies what Play4Him is all about.  As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, here are his words about him.

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It is impossible, in fact, to have courage without fear. Courage is another key word in regard to persistence. Courage is the ability to stand up in the face of fear. Fear, however, is a positive thing when it gives birth to courage.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who exemplified the traits of courage, passion, persistence, commitment, and dedication amongst others. Dr. King’s commitment to the fight for what he believed in was one of truly having a dream and doing whatever it took to make it a reality. What Dr. King had to persevere in his attempts to get the Negro genuine equality in America was a test of his faith. Dr. King’s passion to see the Negro free was relentless and something that he would never turn his back on. Passion is a desire that is stronger than death; out of this a leader is born.

As we once again celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. King’s voice is still speaking to us from the grave. Dr. King’s words were full of life and power that they are still productive today. It wasn’t how long he lived; it was how strong he lived. His voice still speaks through so many people well after he is gone. Dr. King used his voice to give the Negro their rights, as human beings were what he lived for.

What speaks to me today is how he used his faith and the Word of God along with biblical principles to fight his battles in life. Having the ability to walk by faith and not by sight, Dr. King could see how his life and words have progressed to today. The Bible says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This truly shows what was inside of Dr. King’s heart that still produces fruit today. I wonder if he would be satisfied? I will let you be the judge of that.

Has Dr. King’s dream become what he dreamed about? What he was willing to live for, he died for. He continued the fight in spite of the abuse, the attacks, the persecution, extensive criticism, and living every day under the threat of death.

Dr. King’s legacy has made the world a better place through the exemplary life that he lived by. We should all take a page out of Dr. King’s book and pursue the things that can make a difference in the world today. What is it that burns in you that were put there from above by the Creator Himself? What is inside of you that will speak now and from the grave, long after you’re gone, that can make a difference in your world and those that you can touch? I believe that we all have something inside of us that the world needs and is why God Himself put us here if we utilize the gift that He gave us.

My prayer is that we all find a way to nurture and refine the gift that God gave us that can make our world a better place by touching the lives of those we are in contact with. Let the words that Martin Luther King spoke of come to life within us to help us get to the mountaintop and to continue to make his dream a reality.                            

                                                                                                                     -Tye Waller

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