3 Powerful Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King that Will Inspire Your Career

If you have heard it once, you have heard it a hundred times – 2020 was unprecedented. Now add in job search and career upheaval, and you have a partial list of the unwanted circumstances that have been a large part of our lives over the last 12 months, though it seems like so much longer. With that said, we will look at the words of Dr. Martin Luther King as a source of light in these trying times.

Dr. King is one of the most influential and effective leaders in history. His words have been recorded, repeated, and recognized throughout the world. His wisdom and thought-provoking insight are often associated with justice, freedom, and activism. Though today, we are inviting Dr. King’s wisdom to speak to our personal and professional lives. 

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” 

The last several months have been unmatched by anything most of us have seen in our lifetimes. It is a time where we reflect along the way on what got us through. None of this was scheduled, planned, or predicted. We all have had to make adjustments to reset and move forward. What does it mean to keep moving forward? Why should you keep trying when you are not making the progress you want to make? The reason is a simple one. We are working towards a desired outcome. Recall the biblical account of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus didn’t promise to deliver a comfortable ride, but He delivered the promised result.

This is a reminder that you can trust His word, no matter the circumstances. We must keep our eyes on our destiny while navigating the detours and distractions along the way. This is how we move forward in the face of challenges.

Here are three scriptures to encourage you to keep moving forward.

  1. Renew your mind, set your mind on God’s Word and His plans for your life. – Romans 12:6-8
  2. Walk in faith, confidence, and expectation. Know that God is directing your path. – Proverbs 3:5-8
  3. Ask and depend on the Holy Spirit to guide you in your interview preparations and meetings. – Luke 12:12

Too often we want to know that which we cannot know – the future! However, not knowing our future while having faith in He who holds our future is how each of us is called to live our lives. As we are faced with the obstacles and the opportunities of life, we pray, asking God for direction. According to His plan and our purpose, God will impress upon us our next step. And that’s when we want to know the future, the outcome of the next step we are being directed to take. We begin to question God. Though we do it in the form of prayer so that it feels more spiritual. Yet, we question. 

If I make this move, what will happen? If I take this risk, will I be successful? What will happen if I stay? What will happen if I go? Again and again, we allow the “not knowing” to keep us stuck, worried, and confused. In Luke 12:22, Jesus advises us not to worry. Then in Luke 12:25, we are exposed to the futility of our worries. Finally, Luke 12:30-31 reminds us why we never have to worry. He provides additional insight that not only does He know our needs, but He is also the One who is able and willing to supply those needs. These words from Jesus are a simple but direct reminder of His role, as well as ours. Armed with this knowledge, I suggest that we redirect the narrative and ask ourselves the one and only question that matters at decision time. Are we willing to follow Him one step at a time? Trusting Him with our personal, as well as our professional lives. Trusting him for all there is and all there is to come.

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

Dr. King reminds us of seeing the “whole staircase” as a reference to wanting to know what lies ahead of us even though we are rarely given the ability to see that far ahead. Faith is the entrance that shows worry and doubt the exit. There are many things we want to do in life. Some are so big and feel out of reach that we have only shared them with God. We have all traveled different paths that have brought us to this present moment. Now we must be willing to take the “next step” without seeing the whole staircase. Trust Philippians 1:6 that declares that God did not bring you this far to leave you.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Life will have disappointments, but they are finite, temporary. The God of hope offers His children infinite hope. Therefore, we must be careful that we don’t allow our perspective to get skewed and distorted when things do not go according to our plans. We must alleviate negative self-talk. We must turn away from conversations with naysayers. We must guard our mental health and not allow ourselves to slip into a space that we are not intended to occupy – a place of hopelessness. There are times in life when we find that despite our best efforts, things are not where we want them to be. Life has shown up with a new game plan. Dwelling on the disappointments in life only serves as a distraction to where you are going and the progress you are capable of making. As children of God, you are given a new vision of hope for your lives by the God of hope.  

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13.

Author: Cyndi Stewart

Cyndi Stewart is a Life Coach, and a skilled professional development strategist. She is certified in coaching, as well as training and development. As founder and principle of Coaching for Genuine Solutions, she works with corporations, non-profit organizations, as well as individual clients. Cyndi’s commitment and experience have afforded her opportunities to work strategically with leaders at all levels, in addition to serving on several non-profit boards. To learn more about Cyndi and to connect, please visit cyndistewart.com.