Saturday, January 22, 2011

It is not the critic who counts

"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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Words to live by. Especially vindicating for the pastoring family I think...and the devoted Christian.


Pressed Petals said...

behind on my blog reading, but the photo is great! be back later to read the post. ;) praying for you guys.

Kelly Marin said...

Yes a picture that paints a thousand words. Keep up the Fight.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog.
The honesty of writing what your experiencing not only helps others understand what it's like, but it helps to examine and train your responses to them. Keep it up, I want to hear more about the people and circumstances; funny, hard, sad, exasperating.
There is a spirit out there that loves to make pastors wives feel they must be so careful with what they say and do that we end up too unsure to do anything, and we help no one. Fight it, girl.