“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.”
This is an amazingly inspirational quote by Teddy Roosevelt. It speaks volumes about the importance of getting involved. Too many are happy just to sit on the sidelines. They have an opinion, and plenty of critical remarks. at times, they almost wait for the crash and burn to happen, like spectators in a Roman coliseum of old.
I always admired activists – people who were willing to risk even their own life for the cause that they believed in. It adds much weight to their belief. It shows it is much more than a philosophy. It is a life or death matter.
At this time of the year, the Christmas season communicates just that; the Son of God became the Saviour – our Saviour. He was born in a manger, among surprising circumstances and characters. He started in Bethlehem’s manger a revolution that He brought to completion at Calvary. Yes – the ultimate revolutionary – He never stayed afar, uninvolved and distant. His name is Immanuel – God with us.
As John beautifully captures it in the first chapter of his gospel: ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’