A while back on "The Merv Griffin Show," the guest was a body builder. During
the interview, Merv asked "Why do you develop those particular muscles?" The
body builder simply stepped forward and flexed a series of well-defined muscles from chest
to calf. The audience applauded. "What do you use all those muscles for?" Merv
asked. Again, the muscular specimen flexed, and biceps and triceps sprouted to impressive
proportions. "But what do you USE those muscles for?" Merv persisted. The body
builder was bewildered. He didn't have an answer other than to display his well-developed
frame. I was reminded that our spiritual exercises--Bible study, prayer, reading Christian
books, listening to Christian radio and tapes--are also for a purpose. They're meant to
strengthen our ability to build God's kingdom, not simply to improve our pose before an
Gary Gulbranson, Leadership, Summer, 1989, p. 43.
Those things that one cannot improve in himself or in others, he ought to endure
patiently, until God arranges things otherwise. Nevertheless when you have such
impediments, you ought to pray that God would help you, and that you may bear them kindly.
Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects of others, whatever they are; for you
also have many failings which must be borne by others. If you cannot make yourself be as
you would like to be, how can you expect to have another person be to your liking in every
way? We desire to have others perfect, and yet we do not correct our own faults. We would
allow others to be severely corrected, and will not be corrected ourselves. We will have
others kept under by strict laws, but in no case do we want to be restrained. And so it
appears that we seldom weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.
Thomas a' Kempis.