One of the first things that these very insightful statements brought to my mind was a quote from Thomas Edison regarding his initial FAILED attempts at creating the incandescent light bulb, which were reportedly rather numerous. When questioned or confronted on this issue, Edison's reply might really shed some valuable insight on the approach or even attitude that people who are ultimately recognized as SUCCESSFUL normally utilize all along. Edison remarked that he didn't recognize the initial 1000 failed attempts as actual failures. He chose instead to take the position that in the process he simply learned 1000 ways NOT to make the light bulb.You can’t learn how to do things right without knowing what won’t work or what is wrong. This is how relationships grow and mature and become stronger. We need to see where we can improve with each other. In fact when mistakes are admitted to and apologies are made and a desire is communicated to improve, our relationships get stronger
This was actually among several indicators that it was not so much intellect that was Mr. Edison's strong suit, but rather a more positive attitude that obviously lent itself to determination, persistence and perseverance. It could certainly be argued that many people with MORE intelligence would have become discouraged and given up after experiencing only a FRACTION of these failed attempts. The NEXT thing that came to my mind after reading these comments from Simplyme was some of the words of the Apostle Paul found in 2 Corinthians Chapter 12:
5 "Over such a man I will boast, but I will not boast over myself, except with respect to my WEAKNESSES. 6 For if I ever do want to boast, I will not be unreasonable, for I shall say the truth. But I abstain in order that no one should put to my credit more than what he sees I am or he hears from me, 7 just because of the excess of revelations. Therefore that I might not feel overly exalted, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to keep slapping me, that I might not be overly exalted. In this behalf I three times entreated the Lord that t might depart from me; 9 and yet he really said to me: "My undeserved kindness is sufficient for you, for my POWER is made perfect in WEAKNESS." Most gladly therefore will I rather boast with respect to my WEAKNESSES, that the POWER OF THE CHRIST may like a tent remain over me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in WEAKNESSES, in insults, in cases of need, in persecutions and difficulties, FOR CHRIST. For when I am WEAK, THEN I am POWERFUL."
ONCE AGAIN we find that the people JEHOVAH chooses to praise and exalt are the HUMBLE, MODEST, and LOVING ones. But aside from the obvious, what exactly is my point and how am I suggesting it's related to this topic?
What I am focusing on here is the fact that scriptures such as this absolutely confirm the accuracy of the statements that Simplyme is making here; and most particularly with respect to EXACTLY WHAT IT IS that TRULY and ACTUALLY makes people praiseworthy or successful in ANY manner. When it comes to being recognized by JEHOVAH in particular as praiseworthy, and in turn being exalted by HIM, the KEY thing that continues to be pointed to here in 2 Corinthians is more about the reason WHY this more loving and humble approach is so key to this success.
You see Paul himself here is pointing to the fact that the MORE we attain to things like love and humility, the more we open ourselves up to receiving the HELP or assistance we need to ACHIEVE true success. Of course the ULTIMATE person we could ever wish to receive assistance from is our God and creator, and the ultimate exaltation would of course be comprised of the unimaginably great privilege of being joint heirs of the kingdom with Jesus as fellow heavenly kings and priests. While figures like the Apostle Paul could be generally recognized as very self effacing, we might want to consider the question of why ones such as US are always so quick to render him nothing but praises? (Pr 27:2)
Yes it was the help that Paul received from JEHOVAH that ultimately made him into the person that we so greatly respect and appreciate! This means that in the end, the ONLY thing that really exists with ANYONE (other than Jehovah) that truly CAN be attributed to them as praiseworthy is LOVE AND HUMILITY; since anything ELSE they might possess was GIVEN them by Jehovah! The fact is however that this principle is reflected and manifested in ALL relationships, whether it is marriage, family, friends, or even business relations. In fact as it turns out, a closer analysis of the history of Thomas Edison is a case study of this very point.
While a relatively positive attitude on the part of Edison clearly reached as far as a strong level of optimism and perseverance, it turns out he was woefully deficient in qualities like love and humility. Among the people that ended up on his team of many workers in his earlier years was a young man of little to no notoriety whatsoever at the time by the name of Nikola Tesla. This employment opportunity was a dream come true for the young Tesla and he dove into his work wholeheartedly, feeling a strong sense of kinship with an employer he greatly admired and respected. Immediately Mr. Tesla began to overcome challenges and accomplish things for his new company that Edison himself hadn't even been willing to seriously attempt, feeling overwhelmed at the mere prospect. To his great shame however, instead of demonstrating respect and appreciation toward his new employee, Edison evidently began to feel threatened and intimidated by him. What happened next was a strong indication that Tesla's natural abilities made Edison feel emasculated, and his ego was beginning to feel damaged by a much younger man who had barely even begun to put in the time and effort into the field they were now working together in. His response was to now begin lying to Tesla while simply taking advantage of him. He also began to minimize not only Tesla's work, but even him as a fellow human being.
If we are among the many people that gauge success by how much money people accumulate, then we likely would recognize Thomas Edison as ultimately the bigger hero in this story. The fact is however that much like our creator himself; Tesla cared little about material wealth. Moreover while even MUCH of Tesla's later achievements continue to be suppressed or even hidden from the general public by evil oligarchs who fear the level of empowerment and freedom it would afford them, nevertheless history bears out that Tesla's achievements would eventually make Edison's seem as nothing by comparison.
This really might make us wonder about just how things would have played out if Thomas Edison had chosen to demonstrate love, respect, humility and appreciation around his new employee. What successes would he have ended up having a direct share in, and just how tall a man would he have ended up being regarded as in the annals of history, and much more importantly in the eyes of Jehovah?
I would like my dear brothers and sisters to understand that the reason I am so keen on showing strong support for this tremendous article from Simplyme is not merely because it is scripturally accurate. It's primarily because the issues it is addressing are ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL to the scriptures as a whole and their kingdom message, or otherwise the UNDOING of all the damage that Satan and the demons have inflicted on Jehovah's universal family. (Eph 1:10) Thank you again Simplyme and may Jehovah bless you for the time and effort you put into this very fine article.