Be Like Edison. And Jesus!

14 Apr

Some inventions are just weird.

I heard that a man invented a left-handed hammer, but it didn’t sell because there are no left-handed nails. I recently saw a “butter stick,” but wondered, what’s wrong with a knife?

Aren’t you glad these inventions didn’t succeed?

  • The waterproof towel
  • Submarine screen doors
  • A book on how to read
  • Inflatable dart boards
  • A dictionary index
  • Powdered water
  • Waterproof tea bags
  • Helicopter ejector seat *

On the other hand, I’m really glad some inventions did succeed. Where would be be without the light bulb … or microwave popcorn?

Most people say Thomas Alva Edison had 1093 patents ~ though one source says he Edison's Light Bulbwas awarded 1,368 separate, distinct patents during his lifetime. ** Edison invented or improved the telegraph, phonograph, electric motor, light bulb, movie camera, X-ray, and so much more. The story goes that Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb. Edison allegedly said, “I have not failed 1000 times. I have successfully discovered 1000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.” ***

What persistence! Edison didn’t lose heart as he pushed forward ~ in spite of “failures” ~ toward his goal.

In the book of Hebrews it says, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (12:4, ESV). That’s some resistance! The context of verses 1-4 are that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses and so we need to endure and be persistent in the “race that is set before us.” And we have a worthy example, don’t we? Jesus endured the cross to gain the victory for us. Likewise, we’re not to get weary or fainthearted in our struggle against sin.

Some scholars say the reference to blood in the Hebrews passage may refer to the ancient, bloody  “agonistic games,” which were wrestling matches. Fighters armed themselves with leathery strips wound around their hands and wrists. Then they wrapped their arms up to the shoulder and sewed in little pieces of lead and iron. The goal was to make each blow in boxing destructive and painful. Those who fought were often covered with blood, and people who saw the blood noted the boxers’ great endurance and courage.****

Jesus in GethsemaneBut even if Hebrews 12:4 doesn’t refer to these games, we have a another example. Jesus sweat great drops of blood in Gethsemane ~ so intense in his struggle before facing the cross (Matthew 26:36-42; Luke 22: 44). And yet He triumphed in the Garden, as well as on the cross, because He yielded to the Father’s will.

Oh, that we had the same settled resolve to resist sin, “even unto blood,” and the same desire to obey the Father’s will, no matter the cost.

What is your sin struggle today, Friend. Are you trusting in your own strength instead of God’s? You can persist and resist in Christ.

How can you be triumphant in your struggles?

  1. Fix your eyes on Jesus… consider Him. (Hebrews 12:1-4)
  2. Yield every part of your body and soul to the Father’s will. (Romans 6)
  3. Be transformed in your mind (Romans 12:2)
  4. Be a committed Christ-follower. (Luke 9:57-62)
  5. Find a partner to encourage you toward victory! (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  6. Don’t give up! Don’t grow weary or lose heart. (Hebrews 12:3b; Galatians 6:9)

Be like Edison … persist! Persist in trust in the Lord and resisting evil. God will give you the victory!


* http://www.justcleanjokes.com/jokes/Miscellaneous/Inventions_That_Didnt_Succeed.html

** http://www.thomasedison.com/Inventions.htm

*** http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090218050711AAw6KhA

**** Barnes’ Notes on the Bible ~ http://bible.cc/hebrews/12-4.htm

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