And something that soon came to mind was the translation of the word “luck.” In Japanese they would use: “Ganbatte,” which means “strive,” but not a small effort, ganbatte means putting all your strength, giving your all, your best. In Japanese there is no word for good luck.
At school, teachers teach us to strive in everything we do. I remember one occasion when it was Field Day, and I would compete in the 50-meter race. That was early in my first year of school there, and, compared to the Japanese, I had no physical training; I had never competed in a race so I ended up falling behind, and what I heard through the microphone was ” Juliana-san, ganbatte kudasai “. And they all repeated in unison: “Ganbatte.” Translating: “Juliana, strive! Try it! “And in class, in projects, in everything we did at school, if the teacher saw that we were not doing well, she would say,” Ganbatte, you can! ”
From the earliest years of school, we are taught that we should do our best in everything we do, and that it is not the intelligence alone that leads us to success, but the continuous effort. If we want to achieve a goal, we must strive, give our all and persevere. For an intelligent person without effort reaches nothing, but a perseverant and determined person attains what he wants, even if he is not so intelligent.
These kinds of thoughts, that yes it is possible, that we can achieve all our goals whenever we strive hard with perseverance and determination, is taught from the very beginning to the Japanese. I never heard my colleagues say that they could not, that it was impossible or that they would give up. There, I never heard a teacher say that so-and-so was intelligent, but I could hear him saying how much we all needed to do our best and do our best to have a successful future. And it’s important to note that the Japanese biotype is slim, skinny, small, but that has never stopped them from achieving their goals, they do not look at their physical size, but at the strength they have when they strive. It reminds me of Bishop Macedo!
Interesting bishop, that even though they do not believe in our God, they practice what He has taught us in His Word and therefore, reap the fruits of this practice, and even being a people admired by other nations. Imagine these people with faith in our Lord? They would be the most blessed nation on earth! And if all Christians had that same determination to be strong, hardworking, and persevering, they would also burst forth … let us be that nation of the 300 of Gideon, strong, brave and hardworking!