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Inspiration: He know neither victory nor defeat

Cebu : Philippines | Apr 01, 2012 at 1:30 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 04/01/12

Those that have done nothing in life are not qualified to be judge of those that have done little. This week I have a rare speech from President Theodore Roosevelt, America’s most revered president that I picked up from a little blue book that I found in a pile of old references.

President Theodore Roosevelt once said and I quote, “It is not the critic who counts, not the person who points out where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the devotion, and spends himself or herself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his or her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat,” unquote.

What the President meant, it really takes very little effort to voice criticism. Judging others needs no degree, no expertise, no background, no qualifications. It needs no investment of time, resources, or self. Meaning to say, it cost nothing. And due to that, criticism is usually worth just that: NOTHING, zilch whatever.

Conversely, a life well spent is one that has few apologies or regrets to make. It is highly empowered with self, energy, resources, and time. It is abound in friends, associates, and good deeds. It is put up together by effort and morality. And because of that, it is highly valued or priceless.

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged. Matthew 7:1-2 NIV.

Taken from God’s Little Devotional Book for Leaders

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