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    Whenever you click on a light, you can thank the Lord for the talents He gave the brilliant inventor Thomas Edison! We use and appreciate many of his inventions, but what about the man? I hope what I share with you about Thomas Edison will inspire you as much as it did me

    Not long ago, some historians unearthed a treasure-trove of Thomas Edison’s papers. They reveal some fascinating details about this famous inventor. An astonishing 1,093 patents were issued to this one person! That is the highest total of patents given to any one person in US history. But what inspires me most about Edison is his attitude toward failure.

Edison turned his failures into successes.
    Thomas Edison turned his failures into successes. His enterprising father taught him to take risks. He wanted young Thomas to know it was okay to fail. A cornerstone of Edison’s strength was his perseverance. He viewed failed experiments as stepping stones to what WOULD work.

    How do you view your own failures? Do they throw you into a dark hole of discouragement? I want you to take a fresh look at your setbacks. Re-label them as opportunities for learning and growth. God’s word says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

    God loves you. If you let Him, He’ll give you the hope and strength to start over after failure. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

    Comfort and practical help for cancer victims’ families are available from The Caring Touch ministry free of charge. Of particular note are the booklets How Children Cope with Cancer and How Families Cope with Cancer. As a twenty five year survivor of cancer, Randy has many resources to help with this difficult struggle. You may receive them free of charge by calling 1 (800) 759-3300 or emailing herald@abilene.com attn: Randy Becton.


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