You won’t find one in the National Wildlife Federation’s Manual of Rare Species, but rare it is. Like the bald eagle, the prairie bison, and the whooping crane, gimpers are seldom seen on our landscapes. They are occasionally spotted on college campuses, in the business world, and even in churches.
So what is a gimper, anyway? Plug in these clues. In the 1976 Summer Olympics, Bruce Jenner was a gimper. In the six-day war, Moshe Dayan was a gimper. So was Vince Lombardi, as a football strategist. A gimper of motherhood was Susanna Wesley. Donald Barnhouse was a gimper preacher. As a creative thinker, Leonardo da Vinci was a gimper. One of our gimper presidents was Abraham Lincoln. Thomas Edison was a gimper inventor.
So what, exactly, is a gimper? You can look it up. A gimper is defined as a person who is “committed to the core, thoroughly and unequivocally.” They make commitments, then stick to their commitments.
Gimpers change the world. Jesus Christ was the greatest gimper who ever lived. Listen to his famous words, with a slight interpretation. “Follow me, and I will make you gimpers.”
The Old Testament says it like this – “When a man makes a vow to the Lord, he must do everything he says he will do” (Numbers 30:2).