Legendary manager of Tottenham Hotspurs, Bill Nicholson is credited with saying, “it is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low, and we spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory.”
I am a huge fan of Tottenham and this quote has framed up the way in which the team approaches it’s play. Whether they are winning or losing, they are known for their attractive style of play. Fans can often leave their games delighted in the way the team played, even though they may not have achieved victory in the game. For Tottenham failure can have the ‘echo of glory’ when you play the game at it’s best.
In Scripture we are invited to aspire to live a life where we aim high. In 1 John 2, we are told:
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
What a goal? To live as Jesus did. It is the most lofty goal to which we can aspire. Yet, if we seek to live and love as Jesus, even if we are not perfect, I suspect it is an attractive way to live. Even when we fail our lives will still have an echo of glory