It Ain’t Over
You flip a switch and the light comes flooding into the room. Oh, how we take it for granted. It just happens. What nobody seems to remember is that a few short years ago, there was no such thing as electricity. Thomas Edison tried some 10,000 times before his experiment finally worked and the light bulb came to life! His struggles rarely enter our minds as we flip the switch to turn on the light. His persistence is what makes that little tiny illumination in your automobile when you open one of the doors. His determination is the reason why fixtures brighten your driveway when dusk arrives each evening.
Thomas Edison said, “I didn’t fail, I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work!”
Every minister/musician/songwriter is blazing a new trail similar to that of Thomas Edison. Sometimes it can feel like you have tried 10,000 times with very little success! This time, the light bulb is in your head! Every now and again it flashes and shines for a bit, but then it goes right back out and the darkness fills the room once again. Friends and family may mock, laugh and say discouraging things about your experiment, but there it is again! That little flicker of light is just enough to let you know that this really is what you are supposed to do. When it burns for even a little while, you are grateful and become more determined to make it happen. The same persistence displayed by Thomas Edison is what will turn your experiments into a shining, successful sermon or song or arrangement. An extremely high level of determination is one of the main characteristics that you will credit, one day in the future, for having been responsible for your ability to succeed.
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over! – Yogi Berra
Just as we credit Mr. Edison for causing the bulb to burn brightly, and appreciate his accomplishments, I wonder how many people are waiting for you to reach them with your message through song, sermon or whatever? People you haven’t even met yet are depending on you! How many people are going to be saved in the future because you are persistent today? You are in a position to become a leader to your family members, friends and who knows how many other people. Your decisions today will affect far more than just YOU!
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford
When you turn the key and the starter begins to turn the massive engine until it roars to life, you don’t even give a thought as to how it all happens. It happens all because Henry Ford didn’t give up!
It took more than four years to develop Model T. Early models were the prototypes used for experimenting and developing his dream. Henry Ford did not invent the automobile; they were already available to the wealthy. His goal was to design a car which would be affordable to the masses, anyone could drive anywhere, and almost anyone could repair. So many of the worlds’ greatest inventions were accidents, but not in Mr. Ford’s case. He had intentionally set out to build the Model T to HIS specifications, but not only produce it but to do so in mass quantities. That was his goal!
I, for one, am glad that he didn’t give up after 3 and ½ years! Who knows what the automobile would look like today if he had quit at that point? How many writers have given up one melody too soon, one lyric too soon or one song too soon? YOUR next idea may be the one to revolutionize your ministry. YOUR next song may be the one to set you up financially for life. Why stop now?
Are you having doubts about whether or not you can do this? Is it because you don’t know what to do next? If so, then find someone to whom you can ask questions; get some help. Do whatever it takes to learn what steps you need to take and then take action. Give yourself a chance! Are you having doubts because you are hearing voices telling you that you could make more money elsewhere? If so, then you need to distance yourself from negative friends and/or family, if at all possible, and surround yourself with some positive voices that will encourage you to go for it. Find a circle of like-minded friends/ministers on Facebook or some other hangout and talk positive, think positive and BE positive!
Henry Ford’s contribution was actually the development of the assembly line. He revamped the way production had been accomplished up to that point and let the world see that there was a better, faster, more efficient way to get the job done. Are YOU the one to come up with something revolutionary that no one has even thought about to this point?