Josh Irby

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Monday Motivation: MLK Jr.

On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd in racially divided Memphis. He was there to march in support of striking city workers, but his speech addressed much larger themes—injustice, prejudice, freedom.

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Today, on the holiday set aside to remember him, I give you these words to start your week.

Well, I don’t know what will happen now; we’ve got some difficult days ahead. (Amen) But it really doesn’t matter to with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. (Yeah) [Applause] And I don’t mind. [Applause continues] Like anybody, I would like to live a long life–longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. (Yeah) And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. (Go ahead) And I’ve looked over (Yes sir), and I’ve seen the Promised Land. (Go ahead) I may not get there with you. (Go ahead) But I want you to know tonight (Yes), that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. [Applause] (Go ahead, Go ahead) And so I’m happy tonight; I’m not worried about anything; I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. [Applause]

The following day, April 4, at 6:01 pm, Dr. King was shot and killed. He died without regret, following his dream. I hope that I can emulate his focus and passion as I pursue what God has for me.

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