I truly wish I could have a little more of what Thomas Edison had. He, of course, was an innovative scientist/inventor with a brilliant mind. I could stand plenty more of that brilliant mind stuff. But it was his outlook that intrigues me most of all. Edison was a man who knew how to put the past in the past and go forward. He was a “Paul”!
As seen through the eyes of his son, Charles:
On the night the entire laboratory burned to the ground, Thomas A. Edison was a giant of optimism. When his son, Charles arrived, his 67 year old, white-haired father was standing watching the flames consume years of work.
“My heart ached for him,” Charles said. “He was no longer a young man. But then he spotted me and shouted, ‘Charles, go find your mother. Bring her here. She’ll never see anything like this as long as she lives.’”
And the next morning Thomas A. Edison remarked, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.”
Perhaps it has been some time since you experienced a loss.
Or maybe you’re in the middle of losing something or someone dear and precious.
Whatever your circumstance, begin right now to thank God that, on the other side of this temporary loss, there is a Savior waiting to walk alongside you in a great opportunity to write a new chapter.
Remember – His promises, like His mercies, are new every morning!