Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist during the Civil War, known as the great emancipator of slaves. She was born into slavery in 1822 in Maryland. She eventually escaped and dedicated her life to freeing other slaves. She did this with her antislavery network which became known as the Underground Railroad. She died on March 10, 1913 at the age of 91.
A wise woman, she had many things to say that are now archived and widely quoted. Here are some things she said that are lessons for our lives.
“I freed a thousand slaves,” Harriet Tubman said. “I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” she said. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
And she said this, “Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to You and You’ve got to see me through.”
For us, a good place to start is in knowing what we are slaves to. Is it a habit? Another person that is not good for us?Are we slaves to depressive thoughts or destructive actions? If we know we are slaves, we can free ourselves from most any enslavement.
Can we really reach the stars and change the world? Harriet Tubman says we can be dreamers, and by dreaming a great dream, we have within us the passion and the patience to see the dream come to pass.
Finally, she speaks of holding steady on to God, knowing that God will see us through.
Three great life lessons from a remarkable woman. I pray that you will know when you are enslaved, that you will dream of reaching the stars and changing the world, and that, through it all, you will hold steady on to God.