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"......exercise yourself...unto Godliness."
1 Timothy 4:7
A man selling a new kind of liquid adhesive displayed his merchandise along with a sign which read: "A box of this glue given free to anyone who can beak these items apart." At the base of the poster were spools, pieces of wood, and other articles that had been cemented together.
An Asian gentleman stopped to look, pointed to a peg that had been inserted and glued into a two-inch-deep hole drilled in a small wooden block and asked what the reward would be if he could pull it out.
"Pull it out?" cried the man. "Why, if you can do that I'll not only give you a free box of glue, but $100 on top of it."
The dowel projected scarcely a quarter of an inch above the surface of the block, but the challenger was undismayed. Placing his left hand on the square of wood, he took the peg between the thumb and forefinger of his other hand and removed it with apparent ease — although a portion of the wood block came along with it.
The salesman gasped. ""What kind of a strong man are you?"
"I'm just a Japanese dentist!" replied the other man with a smile. So saying, he pocketed his reward and walked away. The newspaper that reported the incident confirmed the fact that some Japanese dentists do use their fingers for forceps. Part of their dental training in the East Asia consists of strenuous exercises that develop an incredible amount of power in their fingers.
Whether in dentistry in Japan, or in the realm of the Christian life, it is constant application to the task and diligent exercise that brings results. The believer must give daily attention to prayer and the study of the scriptures. He must daily examine himself in regard to his spiritual walk and put forth a zealous effort to grow in the grace of witnessing.
Let us pay attention to Paul's admonition to "exercise" ourselves in these necessary endeavors, and we too will soon be doing incredible things for God in the "power of His might."
Louis Abel is pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chiefland.