Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!!
Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day and in honor of his legacy I wanted to share:
My Top 10 Favorite Inspirational Quotes by MLK
He fought for equality during the Civil Rights and saw the world differently than what it was at the current time.
Where there was hatred between people of different colors, he believed in love.
He also spoke profoundly in the areas of identity and purpose.
I believe he was incredibly kingdom minded and lived with great passion in his calling on the earth!
There is so much to learn from Dr. King’s life that should be celebrated!
So here’s some of my favorite inspirational quotes by Dr. King!
#1. “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Wow!!! I love this quote because it takes away the human tendency to limit ourselves in our work. Whatever we are called to do we can do it well with excellence unto the Lord and in service of others.
#2. “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Again, there are no small jobs! Dr. King understood that whatever we’re called to do we must do it well.
Our jobs matter. You’ll hear me say this repeatedly: whether you’re a businesswoman, a teacher, a creative, a mother, or a doctor: your work matters so do it well!
Don’t give up.
#3. “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
This is such a beautiful reminder. The most important thing is serving those we were created to.
Whatever your job, gift or industry you can be great in it and make an impact that will out live you.
#4. Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
You’ll hear me share on forgiveness a lot because I know the power of it in my own life.
I’m reminded everyday that the Lord has forgiven me so I have to keep on forgiving others.
I also have to forgive myself. There is freedom and joy in constant forgiveness.
Let’s walk in it together.
#5. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
This idea of movement is huge!
We were made to grow, expand and transform.
Dr. King understood the power of moving forward.
It’s beautiful to learn from the past, enjoy the present, but keep moving forward no matter what.
#6. “I have a dream that my four little 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.”
The kingdom of heaven will have people of all tribes and nations. He dreamed for the future of his children and for us today.
Dr. King had a vision to see his children living in a country of freedom where people were judged by the heart and not their color.
This is God’s heart as well.
He looks at our character and the blood of Christ covering us giving us the fruit of the Spirit.
#7. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
So many times when we are walking in our purpose there will be times where we have to take risks and exercise faith.
It’s not always based on what we know or see, but stepping out trusting Jesus to be with us.
#8. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concern to the broader concern of all humanity.”
So often we can miss this global picture that is God-given.
Think big! Dream big! We have brothers and sisters globally that we’re called to love. This mindset is a wonderful way to live.
How does your life and work affect all of humanity?
No matter what you do it has potential to affect the world and the nations.
You need to see your role in the global picture of God’s plan.
#9. “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
You are not alone. Never.
You have been called and often times calling comes with great hardships, misunderstanding and struggles.
To effect change and advance the kingdom for Jesus that is the cost. Love this reminder.
#10. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
I love this quote!!!!
I wrote a post on it that you can read here after the Alton Sterling case.
So often in this world there is sin, pain, injustice, and evil.
The light of the world, Jesus Christ, and the love of God are the remedies.
I believe true change comes as we love and shine in small ways everyday!
I hope you have a beautiful Martin Luther King Jr Day and are inspired, motivated and encouraged!
What is your favorite Martin Luther King Jr quote? Share it in the comments.
I’d love to hear it!
Stay Radiant! Stay Beautiful!