Depression and Leadership: What We Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.


Tell me…does this sound familiar to you?

Why does it seem that when we want to do something great in life, there are always these inner voices in our minds made up of all the negative things we’ve heard throughout life? It’s a constant daily battle to overcome and silence discouraging thought patterns while trying to heal on an emotional level.

When I look closer at the life of Martin Luther King, Jr and read articles and books about him, I find it humbling to know he suffered from depression as did many other historical leaders. Can you imagine the level of opposition they faced from outsiders who failed to understand their purpose?

Talk about a modest life, did you know that MLK Jr owned about 6 suits and earned roughly $10,000/year?? Needless to say, he wasn’t interested in today’s theme of “get rich or die tryin”. Martin Luther King, Jr lived a harsh reality that you or I could never  begin to understand. The life of a martyr seems to be that of utmost struggle.

Martin Luther King’s life was often threatened; he was physically assaulted on many occasions as well as the target of much slander/verbal abuse. Could you really imagine dealing with that type of negativity day in and day out? But, through it all, with faith, action, and courage, He stood for something powerful and made a dynamic impact on society as a whole.

Although he faced severe bouts of depression, he got back on track with his mission/calling and continued to lead boycotts, marches, and other non-violent forms of protest to fight for humanity and equal rights.

Wow. Don’t you find that inspiring? I do.

It’s a powerful reminder to know that some of our greatest leaders fought their internal battles bravely in order to pursue their God-given calling so that many of us could have the rights we have today.

So… whether you’ve got a book to write, a business to start,  a ministry to lead or even a movement to launch, never forget to FIGHT that good FIGHT…for your mind, body and soul. It’s so worth it in the end! Our society needs all the greatness it can get.

So…let’s get movin.;) Remember…never be afraid to let your light shine NO MATTER who rejects it!

Scriptures to fight depression:

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Deuteronomy 31:8

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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