Hey, folks! How are you? How is your weekend going?
I almost missed posting this week but thankfully I'm able to slip this post in before the weekend ends - thank goodness! Per the title, you can tell that today's post centers around one specific person - Martin Luther King Jr.
It was Martin Luther King Day this past Monday and in the spirit of honoring Dr. King, I’ve decided to share my favorite Martin Luther King quotes. I believe his fight for freedom and justice for all people was a righteous cause and I believe he embodied the attribute that always stands out in men and women that perform great deeds – courage. Courage isn’t the absence of fear but taking purposeful action in the face of fear.
So, without further ado, here are my 10 favorite MLK quotes of all-time:
1. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear”. (I love this because Martin reminds us that love always ends up being a choice. One that might feel impossible to make in certain circumstances but one that can always be made. And, I love that he calls hate a “burden” because the person that really gets spiritually sick from any hate we feel isn’t the person it’s directed to but us instead.)
2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” (It’s just not possible. Even though retaliation can feel oh-so-good – it will NEVER help any situation. This is one I am working on, folks; truth is, I have a natural knack for retaliation but I want my love for Jesus to always wash out my desire to retaliate. I’m not perfect at this but I’m committed to defeating this ugly character flaw.)
3. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” (I think you all know by now that I believe we all have a God-given purpose and I believe that purpose serves others in a way that always directs them back to G-O-D.)
4. “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” (Ooowee! Some days truly are “crawling” days.)
5. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” (This quote convicts me about my faith in God. It’s easy to praise God and choose love when things are swell but when “things hit the fan”, it’s a different story. It is easier than easy to get mad at God, abandon His will, and “do you”. Such a lack of faith. I’m practicing a mindfulness challenge of thanking God MORE during my hellish moments than when things are on the “up and up”. That is true loyalty and trust in Him. Knowing that even when your world seems like it’s completely falling apart, He is there and He is enough for you.)
6. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” (Yes, Yes, YES. Faith is “crazy” because nothing about it seems sensible or smart in the moment but it always adds up down the line.)
7. “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him”. (Again, I love how Martin stresses that the choice to hate someone negatively affects YOU. An enemy only wins the battle against you if you are successfully reduced to the level of hate he/she carries.)
8. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” (This is who I aspire to be – a person that is willing to risk any and all things for the goodness of God and the truth of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I think of all the martyred Christians around the world and how easily they could have denounced Christ and possibly avoided death yet they had enough faith and love for Jesus that they knew living as a coward without Him would be a far worse fate than death. Chai! That takes godly courage! Courage that I am determined to build more and more each day because God knows that’s who I want to be.)
9. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”(There’s a purpose for everything that God allows. This quote comforts me because knowing that there’s something beautiful to come out from painful situations gives me the juice to keep going when I want to quit.)
10. “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.” (Accepting that life isn’t fair but you can still have a great life was a nugget of wisdom that hit me hard last year in the best possible way.
And those are my favorite MLK quotes. I get inspired and motivated by Martin’s life because the truth is he was simply a MAN. He wasn’t an extraordinary man. Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. was an ordinary man with extraordinary faith. He questioned whether he was doing the right thing. He questioned whether it was worth the danger and the lives lost in the process. He questioned whether he could go on. Yes, he had doubts yet his faith ultimately outweighed his fears and that is how his legend was born. I love knowing courageous stories like his because they always move me to exercise more courage in my own life. Hopefully, they move you to do the same.
So folks, what are your favorite MLK quotes?
Any that didn't make my list?
Please share them in the comments section below.
I want to know!
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