June 9, 2012

Am I In the Game?

"It is not the critic who counts:  not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled 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; who does actually try to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

~ Theodore Roosevelt ~


23 comments:

  1. This is quite poignant as we celebrate the Olympic torch passing through Scotland today! However, all their training is but for a prize which will one day fade away, whilst the child of God's training is towards an eternal prize.

    Thank you for linking up with Scripture Sunday this week :D

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  2. I so do not want to live in the gray twilight! And I love that you paired this scripture with baseball. (It'd be better if he was a Tiger.)

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    1. Sandra, Yes, I noticed those words "gray twilight" as well. I don't want to get lost in that place!

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    2. Me either. No gray twilight.

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  3. In our day and age [and probably all of them -- but with our global constant news, it's pretty intensive in our present world], being a wonderful athlete is considered the best of the best. And, yet, what you said/quoted is absolutely truthful. Winning a game is delightful... at least on the winners side... but only eternal winning counts.

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  4. LOVE this quote from TR. One of my sons has referenced it many times. I've always admired athletes because of the discipline required to succeed...may I be as disciplined in my walk with the Lord.

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  5. What a perfect scripture to go with the photo! It really emphasizes what Paul was teaching.

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  6. That is a really incredible quote. I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing that today! Good quotes are my favorite!

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  7. Linking up after you at Scripture & A Snapshot - what a great quote, and verse to go with this photo!

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  8. Roosevelt is good food for thought. I don't know how well I'm playing, but I do know I'm in the game. Thanks, Stephani.

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    1. I'd say your on the starting line up Lisa. You're an inspiration to many.

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  9. Great photo paired with this verse!!

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  10. Discipline and training have been key words this week. thanks

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  11. Absolutely AWESOME shot, & perfect quote to go along. Thank you so much for linking up w/ us for Finagle a Foto!! Love your weekend link up, I'd love to link up next weekend!!

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  12. Really love this post. So thought provoking.

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  13. Loving the shot -- baseball is such a mental exercise. Love this!

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  14. We all need to be in the game. Not good to sit on the sidelines - unless it is a professional game, of course. Great picture. Thank you for sharing with us on Spiritual Sundays.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  15. Great shots.. Such great sport.. I love your captures... Thanks SO much for linking to Finagle A Foto. Stopping in to say hello.. Wishing you a perfect evening.. xo ~ Marilyn.. (Officially a happy follower here.. ;)) Hope you can stop in sometime.. )

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  16. This is beautiful and such a great "word" for me today. Thanks so much for linking up. It's great having you as part of The Sunday Community!

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  17. What a great picture! And the perfect verse to go with it!

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