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Multis Ictibus Dejiciture Quercus

How's that for a title? No, I didn't get my fingers positioned incorrectly on the keyboard. I intended to write that. O.K. I admit it. It's something I read in a book published about the turn of the century. It's one of 107 suggested mottos for a graduating class.

Say it again. "multis ictibus dejiciture quercus." Not bad. It has a certain flair about it and sounds educated.

What does it mean? Well, the book translates it, "by repeated blows the oak is felled." Somehow, "keep whacking away" doesn't have the ring of "multis ictibus dejiciture quercus."

But class or no class, the truth is still there. Out of the early records of Chicago comes a rather vivid picture:

George M. Pullman began his climb to fortune by securing contracts to raise city buildings from their marshland foundations. One of his first assignments was to raise four feet from the ground an entire block of buildings on Lake Street, which he did by placing 6,000 jackscrews under the base and hiring a small army of 600 men who, at each signal, gave the screws one half turn, thus raising the block a fraction of an inch at a time.

A fraction of an inch at a time. Slow work. But the job was accomplished. It might be well for all of us to apply this motto to such things as character development, church growth and world evangelism. Most great things are not accomplished instantaneously. "By repeated blows the oak is felled!" — Article by John Gipson.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward