Get in the game!

Posted: August 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”- Theodore Roosevelt

If we are being honest, and we should be, we would all admit that it would be much easier to sit around and point fingers, call out names, identify all wrong doings, any short-comings, what should have been said, who should have been in charge and how we could have done it so much better.   Sometimes it seems easier just to sit back and watch and for some sad reason we seem to take pleasure in others failures. 



C’mon guys!!  It’s time we get in the game.  Take the chance — take a chance — step out on faith — make a move — make any move — pull the trigger!!!  Like the quote from T. Roosevelt above says “the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena” … the one in the game.   You see, it’s not always about winning or losing it’s about doing something.  God’s word says in Deuteronomy 28:7 “the Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” 

The bottom line being… have to be involved, in the mix, doing something, working, getting after it in order for God to work for you. In Deuteronomy 28:12 the bible says “the Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”

Did you catch that? “Bless all the work of your hands”…note the word “work”.  What’s there to bless if your hands aren’t working.  Put your hand to the plow and start working and watch God show up and show out.  God wants to use you, bless you, lift you up to higher places but you have to be able to be used.

It’s time we experienced the thrill of victory.  If we happen to experience a couple of bruises, scrapes, scars and maybe a little pain on the way… isn’t it worth it? 

I’m continually amazed at people that seem to be strolling through life with one goal in mind…to arrive safely at death!  Again, SERIOUSLY?!?!  When it’s all said and done and you are standing before God, the creator….all you can say is “I made it and don’t I look good?”  Not me!  That will not suffice! My God deserves more than that.   While I’m still on this earth God has a plan for me and I intend on exhausting every option possible to accomplish it. Whatever that takes.  I will do my part to get God’s name into every area of this world.  Would you agree to make that promise too? 

Say “God, I intend to do whatever it takes to bring men to you… I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines and I want in the game.”  Now, get after it!

  1. Brent says:

    You’ve got a gift my friend! I’m excited to see how God will use a ragamuffin like you to bring such glory to His name. I’m a better man because of my friendship with Chris Hollis.

  2. Kanita says:

    AWESOME, brother! You have a exceptional gift for just “getting to the bottom line” and relating God’s Word to ANYONE! You are feeding the flock and making sure we all have good stuff to chew on… I LOVE IT! Keep it up bro! God is doing a mighty thing in you and it is beautiful to witness. Keep pouring yourself into God cause it’s amazing what he’s doing through you! Love ya!

  3. Kanita says:

    Oh…and absolutely loved the clips (and those movies!!)! So on target!! : )

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