DayBreaks for 9/16/15: Who Counts
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2005:
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer or deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasm, 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 have never known neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt
The world is full of critics and nay-sayers. For every person who tries to do good, there are critics. I read this past week about one of the Christian publishers who has made arrangements to donate up to 100,000 bibles to survivors of hurricane Katrina. Sounds like a great idea, right? Well, when word of it got out, some of the responses were extremely vehement. They were accused of gross stupidity, of insensitivity, of being out of touch with the reality of the situation. They earned some swear words by those who criticized them. It seems that they felt that all that was needed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama was food, water, clothing and shelter. And let’s be clear: those things were desperately needed. But is there any greater need than the needs of our souls? Especially after such a disaster.
I don’t know if those who were so critical of this Christian publishing company had done anything to help provide the food and water and clothing that they had determined were more important than the Living Water or the Bread of Life. They may have been very involved, but their perspective seems to be a very closed one.
It seems that just about everything that Christians try to do these days is challenged and criticized and we’re quickly labeled and vilified. That’s OK. People have been doing that to God for ages. They did it to the prophets. They did it to Jesus. Hallelujah if they do it to us because it means we’re being true to the Lord. So, go ahead and do what GOD wants you to do and let the chips fall where they may. Whether you are successful or not isn’t all that important – it is a question of faithfulness that we are faced with – not success. The success part belongs to God. Our part is obedience. May we never be those with “cold and timid souls.” Make your life and this day of it, count for God!
Deut. 4:39-40 (NLT) – Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time.”
PRAYER: Lord, let us be counted among those who are in the arena of the conflict, representing the Truth without concern for the consequences. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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