We lost a great man this past week.  An icon of the Civil Rights Movement, John Lewis passed away at the age of 80.

A contemporary of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr, from an early age, Lewis engaged in what he described as “good trouble, necessary trouble” to bring about change through non-violent means.

It’s been a long journey, and it’s obvious that there is still work to be done, but there is no doubt that he made a significant contribution to bringing equality and peace to his nation.

I’m sure that there were times when the change was too slow for his liking and it must have been tempting at times to give up, but for decades, he kept going.

How did he do it?

In the words of the man himself:

If you’re not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you’re consistent, you will succeed.

It may take years to achieve your goals.

There may be massive, seemingly impassable obstacles to be overcome.

You may be frustrated and tired.

Please hear these words and stay hopeful and optimistic.

Don’t give up.

Take the long hard look.

Remain consistent.

You will succeed!

Rest well Mr Lewis and thanks for your service.