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My great friend Kelly Pope gave me this in much needed encouragement:

Teddy Roosevelt was speaking to a group of students in France at the Sorbonne (University of Paris), and this is part of what he had to say to them:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the one 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 enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fails while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Be Bold and Much Love.

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Julie

    This reminds me of another quote I once heard:
    One day a lady criticized D. L. Moody for his methods of evangelism in attempting to win people to the Lord. Moody’s reply was “I agree with you. I don’t like the way I do it either. Tell me, how do you do it?” The lady replied, “I don’t do it.” Moody retorted, “Then I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”

  • pm

    How is a leader different to a teacher?

    While a good teacher stands up demonstrating
    by knowledge, learning and insight the
    voracity of a particular topic, a good leader
    will take such and then enter into the arena to
    simply engage, innovate and exhortate with both
    words and actions fit for the occassion.

    1 Timothy 4:10 NASB
    “For it is for this we labor and strive
    [Strong's G75], because we have fixed
    our hope on the living God, who is the
    Savior of all men, especially of believers.”

    To strive
    Strong’s G75 – Agonizomai = to enter a
    contest, contend (in gymnastic games),
    to fight, struggle with difficulties and
    dangers, to endeavour with strenous zeal;
    to obtain something, labour fervently

    1 Timothy 6:12 NASB
    “Fight [G75] the good fight of faith;
    take hold of the eternal life to which
    you were called, and you made the good
    confession in the presence of many

    Taking hold of life as a personal witness to
    fight through the many struggles by elevating
    the conversation with those most unlike yourself
    without hypocrisy but sincerity in love.