Daring Greatly…..

daringgreatlybadge1If I was to ask you have you ever been disappointed I feel sure you might answer yes. If I was to ask if you’ve ever been challenged beyond what you thought you could reach, I feel sure you might answer yes. If I was to ask you have you ever been made fun of I feel sure your might answer yes. If I was to ask you if you’ve ever failed at anything I feel sure you might answer yes.
Through out my life I’ve learned a lot of things from situations and challenges that I’ve been affected by. I’ve learned that being a good Christian isn’t directly associated with your church attendance yet In contrast, I’ve learned that a painful broken heart is directly affected by how much you love. I’ve learned that even good people don’t always want the best for you and I’ve learned that the people that you least expect will rise up on your behalf. I’ve learned that friends will lie to you while your enemies will smile at you.
One of the things I admired about Dennis was his “smarts”. NOT being a smart aleck but his ability to be well versed in a lot of things. One was history. He loved history. I came across something today that I want to share with you. It was written in April 1910 by Theodore Roosevelt. This speech is sometimes referred to as “The Man in the Arena”. Read slowly this little piece of history.
Here’s Roosevelt’s Speech:
” 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…”
This really struck a cord with me. It’s not how much fun someone makes of you or what people think about you. IT’s not how many times you stumble and have to get back up. It’s not whether you win or lose but HOW you ( play the game) DARE… The challenge is what Roosevelt said…. to Dare Greatly….
Are you facing something right now that you need a good dose of daring greatly??? It means being all in. COURAGE TO YOU…..