World Changers: Making an Impact
When you think of historic leaders who have made an impact, who comes to mind? Is it Martin Luther King? Mother Teresa? What about Billy Graham? While all of these were famous faces of history, a key individual that popped into my mind was none other than the brilliant Thomas Edison. Why Thomas Edison you might ask? Edison was an inventor who, with little recognition received today, changed the world.
Born in Milan, Ohio, Edison did not start out like the brilliant mind you might have expected. He was teased by his teacher and others for having such a large head and even quit school at an early age to work on the railroad. Struggling from hearing loss due to Scarlet Fever, he began inventing to make his deaf life easier. It was this that gave him a love for inventing. Edison once said, “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” And work he did. In 1879 he went on to invent the first light bulb. Whether you actively acknowledge it or not, Thomas Edison has had an impact on your life. Every time you walk into a room and flip on the light switch, you are seeing evidence of that impact. Edison impacted our world by bringing us light; without him, the world literally would not be as bright.
Just as Edison brought us light, Christians are also called to bring Light into the world. In Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV) the Bible tells us, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We are the Light. We are called to make an impact. People should look at us and recognize that the Light we bring is vital to mankind. It will not only give light unto a household, but if we let it shine, it will give light to our culture and permeate throughout our nation.
Edison had a passion and drive that he pursued. It is because he actively used his gift that the world received light. In the same way, God has given each of His children gifts and passions to pursue. Edison stated once that “[t]ime is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose.” We are fortunate, God had given us the Light and he had rewarded us with the Time. Just as Edison never let his failures affect his motivation and inventions, Christians should have a similar mindset. Let us boldly go ahead and proclaim to the world of the Light. We may underestimate the effect we have, but the Light we carry has the Power to Impact our nation.