Today is Martin Luther King day in America. We celebrate this day each year to commemorate Dr. King’s unique impact on American culture. Quotes from King abound today and his speeches are replayed as we remember his legacy. My favorite quote from Dr. King comes from the famous “I Have a Dream” speech where he said:
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.
Brilliant. In the midst of racial tensions, King focused on deeper things of the heart. Our character drives our actions and sets the tone for our lives. Who we are as people should matter. Others should be free to judge us on who we are as people, not what we look like.
Character is defined as “the distinctive qualities that make up an individual”. Qualities are attributes that provide value to our lives and others. When our individual qualities reflect God and impact those around us in a positive way, our character deepens and grows.
I believe this is what Dr. King meant in his speech. That we would dwell in a nation so free that individuals could grow their character and be judged on that alone. As we walk through life and encounter people, our character should be what matters. When we are people of Godly character, we will be judged well.