In The Arena

One of the things that continues to fascinate me, is the way our consumptive American culture has generated a people dedicated to the proposition that “my life is all about me getting the best possible value for myself, at the lowest possible cost to myself.” Of course this brand of spiritual formation has produced a vast wasteland in North America littered with spectators, connoisseurs, and critics. Sadly participants who are actually engaged in some meaningful way in the world around them are now a minority.  That’s why I love this quote from Teddy Roosevelt:

“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 up short again and again . . . who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at last he fails while daring greatly”

Please live your life as one engaged, rather than one who stands on the sidelines as a spectator who comments on how those in the arena could do a better job. Join the minority, and be engaged with Christ in making some kind of significant difference in your unique sphere of influence, and risk criticism because – well, because you’re actually “in the arena.”

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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1 Response to In The Arena

  1. thissimplecomplicatedlife says:

    I posted that quote on my Facebook page earlier this year. It just resonates. 🙂

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