Climbers or Critics?

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It’s 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; who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in worthy causes; who at best knows in the end triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

–Theodore Roosvelt

No matter how far out to sea

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Why do we swim away from Him in our times of need? I believe it is because of the fact that we may not think He will forgive us. Maybe you believe that you have done too much. Maybe ran your bill up more than you can pay. But I’m here to tell you that no matter how far you have gone out to sea the Lord will not leave you. No matter how much you hurt the Him, He still loves you.

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If you are thinking right now that you can’t go to the Lord with something, think again. He went to the cross for us so He could be there when we need Him the most. Go to Him with what you need. Jesus is the lifeguard that will brave the currents and will go after you no matter how deep or how cold the water is.

–Tony Rhoda

Stumbling ahead

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If we only have
the will to walk,
then God is pleased
with our stumbles.

–C. S. Lewis

Image: Angela Evancie

Failures included

Grace is difficult to believe and difficult to accept. We want desperately to believe that God loves unconditionally, yet we keep adding conditions. “Okay, fine,” we say reluctantly, “but once we accept God’s grace, we’d better get our act together. We had better be successful or we won’t be worthy of his grace.” We just cannot believe God can grace even our failures.

–Thomas Merton
(1915 – 1968)

Published in: on 11/20/2012 at 9:23  Comments (2)  
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Not for “good” Christians

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Jesus was not clearing the road so I could ride victoriously through life. He was becoming the road that would carry me through all the garbage, falls, failures, and disasters that were the inevitable results of my existence.

In trying to make myself lovable,
I had been distancing myself from true love.

In pretending to be a leading candidate for the religious life, I was abandoning the life of grace. In seeking to be a good Christian, I was deserting the truth that there is no gospel for “good” Christians, because the Lamb of God was nailed to an altar for those who are not good, and who are no good at pretending to be good.

-Michael Spencer

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