Today we celebrate the life and accomplishments of a great man, Martin Luther King, Jr. Although he didn’t have a long life, he had a life of great impact that lives on in the dreams of others.
He was a Baptist Preacher who had a dream. A dream that is one of the founding principals of our great United States. A dream that was God designed: All men are created equal. We are all made in the image of God. We all have great value, not based on what we’ve done but on who made us. We have purpose. We have a life to live out the best we can. Too often we measure our success on what we have accomplished, the rewards and bonuses we have received. But true success comes from being the best you can be.
Martin Luther King saw that America was not treating all men equal. He felt God’s call on his life to make a difference with his words and actions. 60 years after his assassination, we can still learn a lot about how to live our best life and encourage others to succeed from this man of integrity and courage. He said many inspiring things. Here are a few of his great quotes:
“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.”
“History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
“A lie cannot live.”
“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.”
Take some time today to read more on the amazing life of this great man of American History. Reflect on your own life, what is your purpose and how can you also make a positive impact in your piece of the world.