Monday, January 15, 2007

You Only Need A Heart Full of Grace - MLK Day

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today, I hope you have a chance to reflect the positive changes that have taken place in American society because of the sacrifices of those who came before us. We stand on the shoulders of giants. I want to share this sermon and links because they encourage us not to rest, but continue pushing forward.

If you want to be important—-wonderful. If you want to be recognized—-wonderful. If you want to be great—-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Amen) That’s a new definition of greatness.

And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, (Everybody) because everybody can serve. (Amen) You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. (All right) 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 in physics to serve. (Amen) You only need a heart full of grace, (Yes, sir, Amen) a soul generated by love. (Yes) And you can be that servant.

Listen to the sermon in King's own voice. From "The Drum Major Instinct” sermon, delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, February 4, 1968

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