“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
Sitting on the sidelines and criticizing won’t get us anywhere. God doesn’t ask us to be perfect; He asks us to step out in faith and go. We are called to trust Him and move forward where He leads us. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from entering the arena of your life.
Let’s live in the confidence that in Jesus Christ, we can go through life with grace. No matter how many times we fail, He is there to meet us in our shortcomings. Even in failure, we won’t accomplish anything if we don’t try and try again. Walk in the confidence that Jesus goes with you today.
Jesus, help me to not be a sideline critic. I want to be daring enough to step out where you call me to go. Lord, help me to not let fear keep me from entering the arenas you’ve called me to enter, or go after what may feel impossible but is attainable because I walk with you. Lead me Lord. Amen.