The Arena

Why do so many of us enjoy the games?  We love sports and the contest.  We devour the excitement we see in the arena and, even beyond, into the crowd.  The roar of the football playersspectators is deafening; the anticipation is so heavy, it can nearly be touched.

The individuals in the arena cannot hide.  On the contrary, they can only be seen- in many cases by millions.  The pressure they feel is enormous- pressure from coaches, teammates, sponsors, fans, the media and even family.  The arena is really more like a pressure cooker.  There is often no mercy for mistakes, difficult days or even injuries or health problems.  It’s do or die.  Succeed or fail.  At least that is what our culture says.  People are finicky- one day you’re a champion and the next, you’re a loser.

There is a different way to look at the arena though.  I like Theodore Roosevelt’s description, “The Man in the Arena.”  See if you can relate.

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.

You are men and women of the arena.  Your audience of One sees your striving and deeds, your enthusiasm and your devotion to a worthy cause.  He is proud of you and so am I.

I Corinthians 15:57-58

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Article by: Brice Maddock – COO, Teen Challenge Southeast

Level II Link – Nov 2015

Welcome!

This month we welcome Brett Cooper, Bryan Sampson and Chris Thomas (Central Florida) and Lyle Copenhaver (Jacksonville) to the Level II! Welcome guys! We look forward to see how God will grow you as a leader and give you greater responsibility.

Core Courses

Those of you who are finishing up your final course for People First, remember to mail or fax (706-534-0462) your Personal Action Plans (PAP) at the end of each chapter. I’ll grade these and send back to you.

Our core course this month is Strategic Planning and Decision-making and our text: Executive Values by Kurt Senske. In this course you will leave with a game plan for Exec Values PICChrist-centered leadership that stresses the development of a healthy organizational culture, values-based strategic planning, mentoring, and balancing professional and personal lives.

Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, November 16th. You’ll make an initial post and respond to someone’s post.

Elective Track

Congratulations Becca Price (Women at the Well, PA) for moving on to your electives!

Level II

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the 2014 Level II graduating class: Stacy McLaine (Columbus W), Anna Spencer (Columbus G), Andrew Chalmers (ELP), Katie Rice (West Florida), Charley Bean (ELC), Derrick Gilbert (Ozark’s) and Brittany Hughes (Southwest FL). I am proud of all of you! You are the next generation of leaders who will take Teen Challenge to higher highest and deeper depths for the next 50 years and beyond.

Core Courses

We continue with our 3-month course People First by Jack Lannom. We are on the last month of People First therefore you should have at least three quarters of your Personal Action Plan completed. You’ll send these to me at the end of the course.  As always, looking forward to chat with you on the discussion board.