No Spectators Here…

“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.’

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4 thoughts on “No Spectators Here…

  1. There are so many spectators around – people who are happy to help “improve” things by telling those on the field how they could do better. One of my regular prayers is “God save me from being a spectator”. There’s a saying – “the only true failure is the one who chooses not to get up and try again” – many of these spectators are people who have done just that, decided to leave the filed of play.

  2. um see you’ve released your brewing….you find some great quotes then interweave them with your kingdom thoughts…..you should send some of these to be published!!

  3. ‘Imagine arriving in heaven, just resurrected into the New Creation at the end of the world, as the crowds of God’s people are gathering. You can hear them all, from every nation and culture, breathless with excitement, exhausted from the work of evangelism, constantly swapping stories of those who’ve been saved, embracing the team involved in their own salvation and being embraced by all whom they’d helped. Everywhere there is the joy of battle endured and won. And most exciting of all, the warm, welcoming embrace of Jesus himself for all his weary, and in many cases bloodied servants. What a shameful tragedy to arrive comparatively fresh and untroubled! To have been someone who’d lived as a spectator watching from the sidelines, hiding from God’s great evangelistic enterprise. We need to seize the opportunity to get involved’.

    Richard Coekin, A Few Good Men

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