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A Unique Person in God

In His own image God created man,
He formed his body from the dust of the earth;
But more than that, to all who are in Christ
He gives eternal life by second birth. —Hess Each person is a unique expression of God’s loving design.

Fresh Start Devotionals

June 16


Passion

In his 84 years, Thomas Edison patented over a thousand inventions. He is most famous for inventing the light bulb, but made more money off the alkaline battery.

Edison was a bulldog, unwilling to accept failure as a final outcome to his efforts. Before he successfully invented the alkaline battery, he failed 9000 times! Edison credited his success to hard work. “Genius is one percent inspiration,” Edison said, “and 99 percent perspiration.” No one will debate the fact that Edison was a hard worker. He built a laboratory beside his vacation home in Fort Myers, FL and he is known for sleeping very little.

He was unstoppable. On his 80th birthday he announced the formation of a company to do research to develop rubber. He was relentless.

Why did he work so hard? Was it determination? Was it will power? Was it discipline? No. I believe the key to Edison’s success was his PASSION to invent. Determination, discipline and will power will only take a person so far, but passion…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions; JUST AS I AM

June 16


JUST AS I AM
Charlotte Elliott, 1789–1871
  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away.” (John 6:35, 37)
Often we feel that if only we were in different circumstances or had some special talent, we could be a better witness for God and serve Him more effectively. Today’s hymn was written by a bed-ridden invalid who felt useless to do anything except express her feelings of devotion to God. Yet Charlotte Elliott’s simply worded text has influenced more people for Christ than any hymn ever written or perhaps any sermon ever preached.
As a young person in Brighton, England, Miss Elliott was known as “carefree Charlotte.” She was a popular portrait artist and a writer of humorous verse. At the age of 30, however, a serious ailment made her an invalid for life. She became listless and depressed unti…