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God’s Minute

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays (1894-1984), pioneering civil rights leader and president of Morehouse College while Martin Luther King Jr. studied there

By Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

I only have a minute.
Sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, I did not choose it,
But I know that I must use it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Suffer, if I lose it.
Only a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it.

Congressman Elijah Cummings (1951-2019) read this inspirational poem in his first floor speech to Congress in 1996 and was said to have repeated it to himself many times a day after that.