Your Words Matter
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
August 28 marked 49 years ago since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Needless to say, this short speech was a defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement, as well as for all of American history.
Dr. King’s words still resonate among our nation today. Students across the country continue to study the speech, the words, and the impact of one man.
The excerpt above is my favorite quote from the speech. For I, too, hope my children will be judged by their character and not the color of their skin. Nearly 50 years later, King’s words matter.
The “I Have a Dream Speech” is just over 1,600 words and took approximately 17 minutes to speak. But Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words changed hearts … changed America. And they continue to do so today.
They make a difference. They have an impact. They are remembered for a lifetime.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29, NIV)
You may never speak to a crowd of thousands on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Your words may never be televised.
Your words may never be studied by generations of students.
Your words may never be recorded in history books.
But your words matter.
Your words will be remembered.
Your words will have an impact.
Your words will make a difference.
Your words will crush or encourage.
What words come out of your mouth … to your family, your husband, your children, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers?
Are you building others up with your words or tearing them down?
What impact will your words have?
“Thoughtless words cut like a sword. But the tongue of wise people brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18, NIrV)
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