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The Man In The Arena
June 4, 2018, 6:44 PM

"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." ~ U.S. President (T.R.) Theodore Roosevelt


~ How easy it is to judge the motives and actions of others when we are not in the midst of the fight. Just as those who have never been involved in combat ‘know’ what they would have done under the circumstances. They are quick to judge the actions of men and women whose lives and the lives of others reside in a few split seconds of action. Or those who have never parented who ‘know’ what they would do with everybody’s children but their own.

So it is with those who do not serve the Lord Jesus,or try serve Him half-heartedly. These have worldly views often based upon bitter and hateful emotions and text books written by those that resist the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Let the voices that speak into your life be those of people that have lived in the arena of life while serving God with all their heart. Those that know about worldly pressures that battle the mind, backslidden family members that laugh, sickness that brings the body low and yet, live joyfully and fully unto the Lord Jesus!   Give me someone who knows what it is like to be in the arena and not merely sitting ringside betting money on the outcome. 


“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit”

Ecclesiastes 7:8

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

Romans 8:37


06-13-2018 at 10:17 PM
Kevin L. Nix
06-05-2018 at 3:42 PM
Andrew Masley
Brother Savala thank you for the reminder that we should not stand on the outside as critics but rather be the one who is in the ring fighting. God bless you.
06-05-2018 at 3:18 PM
David Boyd
Thank you, my Friend for such an encouraging word. God less you as you bless others.
06-05-2018 at 10:59 AM
Keith Nix
Excellent, my brother! Thanks for writing this.
06-05-2018 at 10:32 AM
Rick McGuffey
I enjoy reading this blog. Post are thoughtful, easy to understand, and immediately applicable to real life. Thank you.
06-05-2018 at 7:01 AM
Scott Kitchens
Very good blog, and so very true!
06-04-2018 at 6:18 PM
Peter Connell
Great post! And the word “great” is not an exaggeration.
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