Yesterday Nelson Mandela passed from this earth. I cannot imagine another person in my lifetime who made a greater impact on the world. The passion for justice; uncompromising drive for freedom; humility; forgiveness; modeling of respecting each person as an equal child of God – all in one person. Amazing. Whereas it is a loss to the world that he is gone, there is so much more to celebrate and take into our lives.
“If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.”
I can imagine that at this last thoughts on this earth Mandela could look and say with the Apostle Paul “I have run the good race….”. He did all he could do while here. It is a challenge to us all. I hope and pray that I can say the same thing.
The challenge for us all is what Mandela said in his book “Long Walk to Freedom”;
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Let us all remember this great man by living our lives and work in way that respects and enhances the freedom of all!