Skooter reporting 06/21/12
Someone said an inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. This week I tell you a story concerning this wisely statement. Surely you do know Thomas A. Edison, the great inventor. On the night of December 9, 1914, Edison Industries was destroyed by fire. The damaged exceeded $2 million, along with the huge majority of Thomas Alva Edison’s work. Edison was insured for only $238 because the buildings were constructed of concrete, which at the time, was believed to make a building fireproof. At sixty-seven years of age, Edison watched his life’s work go up in flames.
The next morning, after the firefighters had eventually brought the blaze under control, Edison surveyed his charred dreams and crushed hopes. As he went around inspecting the scene, he said, “there is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can start anew.”
Three weeks after the blaze, Edison Industries came out with the first phonograph.
In every setback one can find the seeds of a future success. Such a success, however, will not be presented to you in silver platter. One must plant those seeds with vision, fertilize them with hope and hard work, and continue to water them with keenness.
“For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:14 NASB
Taken from God’s Little Devotional Book for Leaders