MLK Quote of the Week: Faith is taking the First Step...


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

…faith without works is dead.

James 2:20


Dr. King combined both of these scriptures into one and said…

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr.   (paraphrased)


The Man Who Thinks He  Can

If you think you are beaten, you are;

If you think you dare not, you don't.

If you'd like to win, but think you can't

It's almost certain that you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've already lost.

For out in the world we find

Success begins with a fellow's will:

It's all in his state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are:

You've got to think high to rise,

You've got to be sure of yourself before

You'll ever win that prize.


Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man,

But sooner or later the man who wins

Is the one who thinks he can.

Attributed to Author Napoleon Hill circa 1973

Reflection on the quotation by a King Center Staff Member:

These scriptures and poem point to one basic premise,…it all begins with Faith. Life isn’t always what it seems because with the dawning of each new day you never know what to expect. Therefore, when things in your life go awry, you must have faith even when those times of keeping the faith may seem as difficult as trying to grab the wind with a net.

What exactly is faith you might ask? Faith is believing, without proof that something exists or that something will happen. Faith is the key that unlocks the treasure chest God has placed inside each and every one of us, the key that unlocks the doors to endless opportunities. It takes faith to believe in even the most unproven things.

Nothing in life can be achieved without first having the faith and belief that you can. The bible says without faith it is impossible to please God. He has given us all that we need to accomplish all that he desires for and from us. No matter what obstacles life may place before you, faith gives you the motivation to take that first step….even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

-- Sandra Butler

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