A minister was making his rounds to his parishioners on a bicycle when he came upon a little boy trying to sell a lawn mower.
“How much do you want for the mower?” asked the preacher.
“I just want enough money to go out and buy a bike,” said the little boy. After a moment of consideration, the preacher asked, “Will you take my bike in exchange for it?”
The little boy asked if he could try it out first, and after riding the bike around a little while said, “Mister, you’ve got yourself a deal.”
The preacher took the mower and began to try to crank it. Pulling on the string a few times with no response from the mower, the preacher called the little boy over, “I can’t get this mower to start.”
The little boy said, “That’s because you have to swear at it to get it started.”
The preacher said, “I am a minister, and I cannot swear. It has been so long since I have been saved that I do not even remember how to swear.
” The boy looked at him happily and said, “Just keep pullin’ on that string. It’ll come back to you’!”