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Daring Greatly

posted Jun 1, 2014, 1:28 PM by Julie Lawson
I just finished reading "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead" by Brené Brown. It was a great book (check it out!), and very relevant to volunteering to serve on a mission trip. But I think it's relevant every day to everyone. The book revolves around this quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

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, 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.”

Next week I will strive to do the deeds, but will certainly err and come up short. Still, I will dare greatly by showing up in the arena. Why? Because somebody needs to "Do Something", as Matthew West proclaims in his song (take a listen below).

What is it that you feel called to do? Are you doing it? If so, share it! If not, what is holding you back? What if we all dared greatly? What if we all did something, big or small? What would our world look like then?