The Victor

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I have alot of quotes on my bedroom wall, but one of my favorite ones is:

“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 knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; 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.”

This comes from Theadore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizen in a Republic”,  and this part is usually called “The Man in the Arena.” But you probably already knew that.
I love this quote because it exemplifies the truth that real VICTORS are not the people who have it all put together. Have their life in a bag, and seem to never EVER be depressed or offset. They also aren’t the people who never try at anything because they are so afraid that if they strike a match, the whole house will burn down.
I’ve been both kinds of people. They are not victors. They are not men/women in the arena.
Victors are the people who are brave enough to live life despite the consequences.
Who are willing to love fully and deeply…to take chances…to dream…to make mistakes…to  fall…to ask forgiveness…to accept salvation…to begin again.
And it’s easy to believe that everyone lives like that, but it just isn’t true. It really is a struggle to live and not just exist.
That’s why we are here to encourage each other…to help each other be victors…
Do you know someone who fits Roosevelt’s speech?
I know someone who is a man in the arena…
The same someone I wrote a letter to awhile ago.
If he were here, I would tell him that he will WIN what he is battling right now. Because even though he talks all the time about overcoming and being a fighter…he’s not just the guy who is getting beat up in the ring…he’s the victor too. The VICTOR. You know why? Because he is willing to lose it all for things he believes in and the people he loves. And someone who is like that will win even when the world says they are losing.
He may say he is a victor. I KNOW he is. And I am thinking and praying for him constantly. He is an inspiration to me and to everyone else who knows him….
Do you know someone who is a victor? What are they like? What makes them so special? Who gives them the power to live that way? To live victoriously?
And how do you help them to keep fighting?
More importantly…are you a victor?

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