Live Like You Mean It

At 43, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt became the youngest President in the history of the United States.

While his history was not one of poverty, like earlier presidents, his own struggles included years of bad health. His first wife and his mother died on the same day.

In spite of many drawbacks, Roosevelt, as lieutenant colonel of the Rough Rider Regiment, led a charge at the battle of San Juan. As president, he forced the dissolution of business monopolies.  Roosevelt carried out the building of the Panama Canal, won the Noble Peace Prize and was ahead of his time in the area of conservation.

We don’t have space to tell you all Roosevelt’s adventures but it is clear that he lived life to its fullest. He left us with these thoughts.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled 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; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows 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 knew neither victory nor defeat.

Dare we examine our lives for proof that we live this way?

1 Corinthians 15: 57, 58-But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, when we give you all we’ve got, then we’ll get all we can have. Thanks. In Christ. Amen.

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