Preacher. Christ follower. Servant leader. Love giver. World changer. Justice seeker. Author. Father. PhD. Champion of nonviolence. Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Activist. Leader of the civil rights movement. Hero.
I have loved (been obsessed with) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as long as I can remember. Before there was a national holiday to honor him, I celebrated him on my own. In high school, I made my original MLK “post”. I took white poster board and covered it with pictures of him and a few of my favorite quotes of his and duct taped it to a cinder block wall. One year I “posted” it in a locked display case.
Now, I have the ability to honor him in a more “high tech” way, without poster board or duct tape. There are a multitude of phenomenal quotations on a number of important topics from Dr. King that I could share. Today I am sticking with one theme.
I have decided to stick with LOVE…
MLK spoke about love the way I have grown to see it. An outpouring of God’s BIG love. The kind of love that transforms hearts, transforms lives and changes the world. These are a few of my favorite quotes. Read his words and remember that LOVE is one of the many reasons why we celebrate him today.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Be a blessing today.