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Citizenship in a Republic

"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."

I shared this excerpt of the famous Teddy Roosevelt speech "Citizen in a Republic: Man in the Arena" with our school board recently. Our mission is such. There is great temptation to sort of sink back into the shadows timidly, but we need to keep fighting the good fight. We have the Lord on our side and the mission and vision of Geneva Academy is a worthy cause, one worth fighting for with great conviction.