I love what Teddy Roosevelt said in his Man in the Arena speech:
“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.”
I think what Teddy was trying to say is that it is easy to be the armchair quarterback. It is another thing entirely to have the courage to get out on the field. I had a coach tell me once that he didn’t so much care if I made a mistake as long as I made it with 100% effort. Are you giving a 100% effort to make a difference? Are you making an effort to help your church family in some way? Are you in the game….or are you sitting back in your lazy boy? Not only have I sat in the lazy boy, I have fallen asleep in it at times.
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
- 1 John 3:18
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
- Luke 21:1-4