Quotable Quotations: Theodore Roosevelt “The Man In The Arena”

The following is a mere portion of a famous speech from Teddy Roosevelt over a century ago. It is very well known, often quoted, and one of my favorites of all time: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Of course I interpret this in light of the Lord’s church. Many gripe, moan and groan, judge, find fault, criticize, bellyache and complain. But not the soul winner. Not the one cloaked in the Holy Spirit who is constantly walking in submission to the Lord. Not the one who endures the slights of men and glorifies God in everything. In nearly three decades of service, I have learned to glue with vibrant witnesses, and those who like to pray and talk about the scriptures after hours. I learn from those who desire to live holy lives, repent and forgive. I have learned that whiners and critics seldom witness, and that soul winners rarely complain. Do you know why? Both groups pursue what makes their clock tick. You think about that. Blessings, Pastor Steve

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