Edison and Ideas

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


The governor of North Carolina once called Thomas Edison a great inventor. But Mr. Edison resisted the title. He said, “I am not a great inventor.”

The governor said, “But you have more than a thousand patents to your credit!”

Edison said, “Well, I am a good sponge. I absorb ideas from every source I can and put them to practical use. Then I improve them until they become of some value. My ideas are mostly the ideas of other people who didn’t use them.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. How many of our triumphs fail to materialize because we quit too soon? Thomas Edison proves that more than genius, tenacity turns on the lights . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(James 1:4)