Teddy Roosevelt is quoted as saying:
“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 short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually try to do the deeds; who knows the 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 know neither victory nor defeat.”
In a spiritual application, there are too many Christians who are not willing to put forth the sweat and blood that is needed for spiritual victory. Many do not care, and others are afraid of making a mistake – so they never try. The victories of Christianity belong to those who have “fought the good fight,” who “have finished the race,” and “have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7-8). That is why Jude said that we must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Jesus said, “He who endures to the end will be saved” (Mat. 10:22).
Victory does not come to those who merely say they are a Christian. Victory comes to those who live Christianity.
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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