“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, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

This is my favorite quote and one I hung on the wall to inspire me.

When I first read this quote I could practically see a bloodied and dirty-faced Russell Crow (in the movie Gladiator) standing with his sword in hand, in the center of the Roman Coliseum after the epic battle with the Emperor.  He had won the battle, earned his freedom and restored order to the Roman government but it cost him his life.  He had dared greatly for a worthy cause and inspired the best from all who fought with him.

You and I will most likely never be called upon to fight an evil Emperor or restore a nation, but I do believe we have been called upon to lean fearlessly into authentic faith.  I am convinced that authentic faith believes before it sees, that loves wholeheartedly, is fearless about the future and willingly acknowledges that God is in control.

The American Treasure campaign offers those of us who love Ocean Grove’s ministry a chance to demonstrate authentic faith.  The campaign goal of $1.5 million is a big one – no question.  To reach that goal, it will take all of us standing shoulder to shoulder to encourage one another when risk is taken; for defense when the enemy attacks; to celebrate success when the goal is reached; and for generosity to inspire greatness.

Dare to get into the arena with me and strive to not meet but, exceed, the goals of this campaign.  Daring greatly will require faith, hope, love and persistence to conquer the challenge to keep Ocean Grove thriving for another 150 years.

To learn how you can jump into the arena.

Catherine Harrison
American Treasure Campaign Chairman