More Thoughts on the Noble Wounded
Posted by Don Bryant on February 22, 2006
I don’t take my theology from Teddy Roosevelt but by common grace he expresses an insight that honors the heroism of those who dare, do and burn for the sake of a greater good…. …He writes, “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, great devotions; … 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.”
Those who launch out for Christ will know a great many failings. God’s presence does not keep us from many humiliations, but He gets us through many humiliations. Like Peter we bite off more than we can chew and like Paul there are the crushing moments in the church. Paul wrote that his expedition into ministry brought him to the place where he despaired of life itself.
So here is to the warrior who dared!! Get next to someone in ministry, and let him hear your applause. When he falls and picks himself up and wipes off the dust, lend a hand. Maybe he will do the same for you.