Theodore Roosevelt, 1910:
“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 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 neither know victory nor defeat.”
I love this quote. And I had to ask myself, “Which arena? What worthy cause?” So I looked at my hero, Jesus, and saw him standing with the poor and the marginalized, calling to the weary, and offering himself as the Bread of Life so that no one would go hungry again. And then I found 25 in Change and realized this was a beautiful, powerful way of standing in solidarity with the marginalized, so I jumped in the arena. Follow my progress on our blog at 25inChange.org or here on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/josh.