Friday, November 13, 2009

Dr. Benjamin Mays

I am working on a project for my grad program on Dr. Benjamin Mays. I am learning so many interesting things about this man who was committed throughout his life to the training of men. It has been encouraging and inspiring.

Mays served for 27 years as the president of Morehouse College. He coined the phrase "Morehouse Men", which is still spoken with honor to this day. He impacted scores of leaders in politics, business, and ministers of the Gospel. Dr. King is probably his most famous student.

As I search, I find more and more that is intriguing about this man who grew up in poverty in South Carolina and went on to get his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago.

These words tell of his perspective:
"I have never done anything for the purpose of being honored, to have my name on the front pages of the newspapers,I have done what I believe I was sent into the world to do: worship my God and serve my fellow man."

Julian Bond,Morehouse graduate and former president of the NAACP, summed him up by saying: "First he built himself, then he built Morehouse Men."

God uses people to impact people. But it starts with personal formation of ones character.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Where are you in graduate school at? What degree are you working towards?