PERSEVERANCE

"Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose" John Shipp

The theme of the month for April is Perseverance. Literally the word broke down means "through severity". So I think of the word perseverance to mean to continue no matter what the circumstance. We all will have difficult times in which we just want to give up. There is a story about one of the most famous inventors in American history.

Thomas Edison's laboratory was virtually destroyed by fire in December, 1914. Although the damage exceeded 2 million dollars, the buildings were only insured for 238,000 because they were made of concrete and thought to be fireproof. Much of Edison's life work went up in spectacular flames that December night. At the height of the fire, Edison's 24-year-old son, Charles, frantically searched for his father among the smoke and debris. He finally found him calmly watching the scene, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind. "My heart ached for him," said Charles. "He was 67 - no longer a young man- and everything was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, 'Charles, where is your mother?' When I told him I didn't know, he said, 'Find her. Bring her here. She will never see anything like this as long as she lives." The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew." Three weeks after the fire, Edison successfully completed the first phonograph.  (Sower's Seeds)

What can you have perseverance in?