Be of Good Courage


1 Samuel 17:40
New Living Translation (NLT)

40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.


On April 23, 1910, former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, delivered a speech entitled, Citizenship in a Republic, before a packed crowd at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Below is a quote from that speech that has come to be known as The Man in the Arena.

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.

Today, I salute all of you, my fellow bloggers, for you too are men and women in the arena. You enter its gates each day and spin your tales, give advice, and expose yourselves to the criticisms of the world. There are those days when you know that you have not done your best or moved the world in anyway by what you have said, yet you have set yourselves above those who have done nothing, who sit in cloistered corners and poke fun and criticize. You are a “cut above” for your courage. Be proud, be bold, be forever glad that you will not be as those who Roosevelt so aptly characterized as “knowing neither victory nor defeat”.

Have a blessed day, sleep well, and enjoy the rest known only by the brave.


Thank You for being our courage. In You there is no defeat, only victory. May everyone come to know Your great love.

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