Martin Luther King was facing death threats. He knew about his vulnerability and the people who hated what he was doing. Even his fellow clergy criticized and urged him to stop. But even in the valley of the shadow of death, King was not shaken. He had the right perspective. Just before he was assassinated, King gave a speech to encourage his supporters. This is how he concluded that speech.
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. 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. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And 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.”
Whenever I'm feeling stressed, worried or overwhelmed, I listen to this speech and instantly feel the peace of God and gain the right perspective. I'm so thankful for the work of MLK that is still impacting lives today.