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Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we do so, I’ve pulled a couple of lesser-known speeches he gave that impart some important wisdom. Wisdom that reminds us that Dr. King was first and foremost a pastor. Was he a perfect man? Of course not. Do I think that negates any wisdom he spoke? Of course not.
Your Life’s Blueprint
If you’d like to read along, here’s the transcript of the speech.
My eldest is graduating this spring. This message is so filled with bits of wisdom that I hope we have imparted to him. Do you have a plan? Do you know your value? Strive for excellence not mediocrity! And here’s my favorite bit,
And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.
As my pastor says… Can I get an ‘Amen’?!
A Complete Life
This ones a bit longer, but full of lots of good stuff as well. Dr. King looks at the real value of life and where it’s found. He concludes that it involves living with a three-fold focus: self, others, and God. Length, breadth, and height.
- Accept your limitations. Develop your strengths. Persevere.
- Serve others. Don’t ask, ‘What will happen to me if I stop to help?’ Ask, ‘What will happen to this person if I don’t stop?’
- Live upwards.
I want to say that we should search for him. We were made for God, and we will be restless until we find rest in him.
..you know there are a lot of people who affirm the existence of God with their lips, and they deny his existence with their lives.
Here’s the transcript of the speech, if you prefer to read it, like me.
It seems to me that many today who say they are fighting for equality actually encourage segregation. What I see is an increasing number of people who want us to be judged by our skin color. White Privilege. Black Lives Matter. Maybe I’m naive, but I agree with Dr. King when he said, in his most famous speech,
I have a dream that my…children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
If the true desire is for all to be judged by character, shouldn’t race be a non-issue? Are we moving backwards?
I encourage you to listen to these speeches today, or read the transcripts. I can guarantee you’ll find something of value.
Which of these MLK speeches encouraged you? Challenged you?