“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.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
When I fail, I at least want to be daring greatly! I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and criticize what is going on in the ring. I love this quote and I revisit it often. You see, you will have critics that point out every stumble that you make and all the ways they could have done it better. However, they are not actually doing it at all. You will mess up, you are human! But, strive, dare, achieve, be enthusiastic and step out and do what you are called to do! I would rather know defeat and victory from trying, than never know either because I was not willing to risk defeat! Don’t listen to the critics in the stand, listen to what God says because He is always in the ring with you.