“I’m convinced that the influence a church has on its community will be determined in large part not by the personality of the pastor, the size of its building or how long the ministry has worked in the community. It will be determined instead by the percentage of involvement in the ministry of each member. This marks the transition from attendance to ownership, from being consumers to contributors.”
I liked to watch the crabbers. I
liked to see how many they could pull in. Most crab pots had tops on
them. But sometimes you would find a crabber with topless crab pots.
What was up with that? Curiosity got the better of me and I had to find
Maybe you already knew what I learned
back then, that the pots need no tops because the crabs that try to
escape will be pulled back in by the crabs that are down in the bottom
of the pot. I never did figure our what keeps the single crab in the
pot if he was all alone, but the idea stuck with me. The crabs were
trapped and the other crabs managed to keep them trapped.
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.Sometimes you just have to keep on crabbing along, staying clear of the pots. I think Teddy knew this about as well as anyone, he accomplished a lot in his life, more than most. He resisted the crabpotters. You can too.
When Naomi heard that the LORD had given his people a good harvest, she and her two daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab and go to Judah. Ruth 1:6People want to be better, get better, do better. I know people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and they want to get ahead. They are caught in a vicious cycle and often have little understanding of what to do to make life better. They certainly have made poor choices and have little to show for it. The consequences of their actions are devastating. But the fact remains that they would still like to be better off, living a better life.