One-third of 2011 has passed since I initiated the first of these lazy-man’s-posts. That seems adequate passage of time before trying a new one. Anyway, I need the filler.
First, one of the most inspiring statements I’ve ever read:
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. — Theodore Roosevelt
Else, what’s a life for?
On a related topic, here’s a message from one of my favorite Christian thinkers. Though he would say that he was simply a journalist, he’s obviously a lot more than that.
I don’t deny…that there should be priests to remind men that they will one day die. I only say… it is necessary to have another kind of priests, called poets, to remind men that they are not dead yet. — G.K. Chesterton
I would argue that there are many out there, those Teddy described above as “poor spirits”, who need either that priest or poet to remind them that they are alive. Time is short and the opportunities are real. (This might have inspired Monty Python’s “I’m not dead yet!” line as well.)
A couple more quotes in the same spirit as the aforementioned:
To live without risk, is to risk not living. — Brennan Manning
…everyone dies but not everyone lives. — Albie Sachs
I guess the theme is obvious. A large percentage of people go through life simply existing. All too often, I am among their number. I am of the opinion that this type of existence is not an option for those who claim to follow Jesus. So many gifts, so little use.
Purely by coincidence, this sentiment is echoed by a song from the same CD that I quoted in my last post. The bridge to the song in question goes as such:
Now all I wanna do is inspire you to live like you belong to God,
Making everyday choices, lived in light of never ending grace and love. — Charlie Peacock
For more info on Mr. Peacock, visit him on Facebook.