It's not the critic who counts...

First of all, a big thank you to Joe James, who generously awarded me a prize for my efforts on one of his caption competitions. My prize was a book: Treasury of Courage and Confidence, by Norman Vincent Peale. It's an anthology of inspiring quotes by great writers.

I've only dipped into it so far, but it looks great. This quote caught my eye this morning:

"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

It made me think... although I don't take back anything I said yesterday, I don't want to be remembered as a man who criticised from the sidelines! I'd much rather be in the thick of the action, actually making a difference. That's what counts at the end of the day; not what you said about what others did, but what you did yourself! It's all too easy to criticise....

"When I've walked on the water... then I'll preach about Peter's unbelief. Until then, I tend to be very impressed!"
-- Tony Ling


Joe... said...


That is so funny that you made reference to that quote. I read that a while back in a book that a friend bought me. I have inscribed it in the front of my Bible to keep reminding myself that the NEGATIVE critic doesn't count.

I think, if referring to the Sovereignty blog, that what you said was not Negative criticism but standing up for the truth as we believe it to be. And yes as Kenneth Copeland once said "If God is not God of all then He's not God at all".

It is very true that Christians can sometimes be so sensitive and so we become overly afraid of saying anything in case we're deemed as having a bad attitude.
What a pile of pants. hee hee The prophetic is the plumb line and if the testimony of Jesus is being tarnished then we have a duty to bring it back to the plumb line and thats what counts.

So, I don't consider you critical in a negaitve sense but critical in the sense of affirming the plumb line of the revelation that believe is found in the Word.

Peace Bro,

Chris HH said...

Cheers Joe.
I really appreciate your words of encouragement.

That is funny that we both homed-in on the same quote. Great minds...