President Theodore Roosevelt: Driven Into the Fire

July 22

President Theodore Roosevelt

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.” President Theodore Roosevelt


I can’t handle heat so I stay out of the kitchen as often as possible. A huge incentive for me, personally in choosing Christ as my Savior was, in part, the very thought of an eternal life spent in heat was frightening. Even as a kid, the very idea of heat was terrifying!

Today was beyond hot, it has been unbearable. Heat has so many allegorical possibilities that I struggle even deciding which direction to go. What lessons is God teaching me through dealing with these elements? Whatever I’m probably willing to learn, I suspect!

God commands the elements, able to bend them to His Will. He chooses not always to do so, I think. But when I see the wind blow and feel the fierce heat baking it’s way through my skin, I realize constantly that He is able to conform them to His will. Thinking about it, I wonder how much easier the elements are for God to control then I am! What effort shall I put forth today, in pursuing the natural great things for my spirit from God? How much effort will I expend towards letting these elements move me closer to Him and conform my personal self more closely into His own image? It is no longer the fear of heat which drives me but an intense desire and love for Christ that drives me into the heat!

Peace today. Sean G.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 14:30

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

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