Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Man in the Arena

I used to think Teddy Roosevelt was a fantastic man. I have since learned he was perhaps a bit too big government for our good, but regardless, this quote by him is breath-taking and true.

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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

I'm praying for this generation of men! Warriors arise!! We need men - and women - who are willing to fight for truth and freedom now, before it is too late.