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MLK Quotes That Bring Hope

Martin Luther King Jr was well known for his stirring oratory that helped bring about significant change in our nation’s history. As we grapple with a lingering pandemic, social unrest, and an uncertain future, MLK’s words are needed as much today as they were fifty-eight years ago when he made his famous “I have a dream” speech.

As we celebrate his legacy, I thought I would post a few of his quotes to inspire and encourage us to have hope.

“In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”

“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

“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.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

Did any of these stir something in your heart? Or maybe you have a favorite MLK quote not listed here. If so, just leave a comment in the box below and tell me what it is and why it’s your favorite.

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The Powerful Effect Of Words

The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do – James 3: 5 (TLB)

This passage from the book of James is often quoted by clergy and lay people alike to warn others about the power of their words. The tongue indeed can do a lot of damage, but if used wisely, it can do a lot of good.

Let us look at some powerful words and their effects.

Words can bless: “The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you” (Numbers 6: 24 – 25).

Words can curse: So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life” (Genesis 3: 14).

Words can create: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1: 3).

Words can destroy: “You will never amount to anything.”

Words can inspire: “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” Martin Luther King Jr. —”I Have A Dream” speech, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

Words can comfort: “I care about you. We’ll fight this battle together.”

Words can demean: “Snap out of it! Stop feeling sorry for yourself!”

Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of a man whose words galvanized the civil rights movement and inspired hope in the hearts of millions the world over. The words of Martin Luther King Jr. remain a priceless legacy we all can live by. What about your words? Do they create or destroy, comfort or condemn? The next time you open your mouth to say something, think before you speak, for you can never take back those words.

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