I wonder how Thomas Edison would’ve felt, had he given up just at the brink of discovery. I wonder if Alexander Graham Bell ever dreamed that his telephone would some day lead to instant communication to anywhere in the world. So often we’re right at the edge of discoverY – the rim of invention – the dawn of a new frontier and we give up.
If this were the case, the “mother of invention” would never have given birth. She would still be sitting there wondering what to do with herself. In our country the opportunities are endless. We have the freedom to pursue our dreams, to experiment, to look beyond our own environment. We don’t have to go far to see the need for innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit, It starts with asking questions – Who, what, where, when and why – the five “Ws” that used to constitute good journalism, but that’s an entirely different post.
Once we’ve answered those questions, we’re opening the doors to discovery. God tells us to come to Him with our requests and to pray without ceasing. The things we pray for may be just on the cusp of being answered, but we often give up before God has shown us His plan for our lives.
As we celebrate Labor Day tomorrow, take a look at all the inventions which have come to fruition in just the last decade. Do you think there’s anything more we can invent? I do. The world is full of ideas, dreams and problem solvers. We just have to look for them. It doesn’t hurt to ask God to intervene either.