Be The Man In The Arena
Three declarations for the man in the arena who feels the agony of defeat.
It is one of the most inspiring quotes 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." President Theodore Roosevelt.
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Declaration One | Failure Is Imminent.
It's a pretty good picture of life. We fail all the time: we speak words we wish we could take back; reactions we want to do over; marriages we wish we could have saved; decisions that were foolish and got us into trouble; or endure circumstances that deal us a bad hand. Fallen people do fallen things, and a fallen world deals out fallen conditions, but God is always present, always redeems, and is waiting for us to trust him, get back up and continue to press on.
Declaration Two | Jesus Gets It.
The writer of Hebrews says this about Jesus. "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Why can we get up again when we've failed? Because we endure knowing he has lived in our shoes. Nothing we face is a surprise to him. He gets it, and he gets us. At his throne, there is always grace and always mercy. It is why we can approach him with confidence in our time of need and know he is in our corner and wants to help us move on.
Declaration Three | Keep Moving Forward.
What do you need to keep moving forward today? Are you holding on to some failure or some circumstance in life that is holding you back and preventing you from moving forward in your Christian life? Today, take it to the throne of grace, give it to God and then get up from the arena floor, dust yourself off and move forward again - in his grace.
Vince Miller is a speaker, author, and mentor to men. He is an authentic and transparent leader who loves to communicate to audiences on the topics of mentorship, fathering, leadership and manhood. He has authored 13 books and small group curriculum for men and is the primary content creator of all Resolute materials. Contact Vince Miller here. His newest book is Thirty Virtues That Build A Man.