Be A Gimper for God

21 Jan

According to Denton Bible Church Minister, Tom Nelson, and Bruce Wilkinson, author of The Prayer of Jabez, “Dr. Richard Seume, a one time chaplain of Dallas Seminary coined the term, “Gimper.” A Gimper was a Christian who was not content with mediocrity or status quo. He was one who went above and beyond. The impassioned man. The excellent committed man. The man of the minority.” After reading The Prayer of Jabez I knew I wanted to live my life being a “gimper for God.”

Don’t follow the crowd. Don’t just do what it takes to “get by”. I work each day alone – no one is here to see what I do, or how long it takes, (I have an alterations business – God sees me and what I do! What I consider most important is whether or not I am pleasing Him.

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am straightforward. But, being straightforward doesn’t mean you have to be rude or unkind. I want everyone to like me and I want them pleased with my work. But more than that I want God to be pleased with me. I see myself as working for Him. He has given me a heart to help others. It gives me great pleasure to help other people. He has also instilled in me how important it is to be a gimper – “doing a little more than is required or expected”. God sees our hearts as we work and interact with people. We can’t outgive Him. Those things we do for Him in private, He will reward in the open. If I go the extra mile for someone I see it as an offering to God. Don’t get me wrong, my motives are pure. God has done so much for me that I want to give all I can back to Him.

Take the road less traveled – be a gimper for God!


One Response to “Be A Gimper for God”

  1. Carolyn Watson January 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    You have made a convicting point for all of us. When our character reflects God, we will always reflect His values–in public and in private! Thanks for your helpful words.


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