With a late start to the blog this new year and a late offering of recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I wanted to post some quotes on topics of importance from two of my favorite leaders, Dr. King himself and Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science faith. I compiled these quotes to share on a handout at a youth event where I was speaking on Monday. First Church of Christ, Scientist in Daytona Beach, FL sponsored a service event in observance of the holiday. To me these quotes speak for themselves. Enjoy reading them and living them!
“Everybody can be great. Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your 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 to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” - MLK, The Drum Major Instinct (sermon in February, 1968)
“To do good to all because we love all, and to use in God’s service the one talent that we all have, is our only means of adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep discontent with our shortcomings.” – MBE, Miscellany
“If the Church and Synagogue will free themselves from the shackles of a deadening status quo, and, recovering their great historic mission, will speak and act fearlessly and insistently in terms of justice and peace, they will enkindle the imagination of mankind and fire the souls of men, imbuing them with a glowing and ardent love for truth and justice.” – MLK, A Challenge to the Churches and Synagogues, January, 1963
“Nothing is worthy the name of religion save one lowly offering — love.” – MBE, Miscellany
“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be...This is the inter-related structure of reality.” – MLK, Letter from a Birmingham Jail
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.” – MBE, Science and Health