Get in the Ring

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“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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”  Theodore Roosevelt

 

Modern media, despite its many benefits, has helped to create a whole generation of spectators.  The vast majority of people spend most of their free time watching the activities of a small minority.  We talk about what happened in last night’s television episode.  We try to predict which athlete will be victorious in an upcoming contest.  We recount and discuss the drama in some celebrity’s love life.  We see it all as a form of entertainment and there is a version available that appeals to just about any area of interest; politics, sports, business, etc.  So many people have become passive and prefer the role of spectator or critic.  It’s as if the whole human race is on the sidelines while a special few take all the action.  Are we just here to watch and offer a reaction?  I hope not!

Humans have always been willing to accept this arrangement.  We even let it define the way we relate to God.  You know the deal, there are a special few who have a special relationship with God and by spending time with them you can get pretty close too.  Or, by keeping your distance from those people you can crucify them when they say something that offends you.  This doesn’t sound like the overflowing life that has been made available to us.  We weren’t put on this earth to sit on the sidelines and consume.  This is not some kind of practice session where we can play it safe and develop a strategy for when real life begins.  This is it.  We were created to offer something.  We are so used to a posture of passive consumption that the act of initiating seems out of the question.  Our creator wants us to follow Him and, like him… with him, to give and to create.  Get in the ring!…Act…Speak…Move…Initiate!