Monday, January 16, 2012

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I wanted to share some of his famous quotes that really spoke to me. The wisdom and example he shared is not just something to be admired, but a goal to be achieved.
"He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."
"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."

"The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society."
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be...The Nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."
"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
"Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists"
"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."
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." 
I could go on and on...he had so many awesome, powerful quotes - any one of these could be a whole sermon in themselves. I'll share one more..
My favorite quote, that is so true in our walk with the Lord (and particularly applicable to my life right now):
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

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