The past couple of months the boys have been reading about Thomas Edison in school. B2 has a big interest in inventing and we thought it would be a good biography to read. Casey as been keeping up to date on all the happenings in Edison’s life through the weeks. He is a very “interesting” character. Edison laid the groundwork and invented many important things in his lifetime including the phonograph, electricity, light bulb and motion pictures. Nikola Tesla and Henry Ford are only a couple of people who worked alongside him before doing great things themselves.
Those are the great happy things that everyone learns. What about those things you never learn about in school? He was an absentee father who sent some of his kids to boarding school so he wouldn’t have to deal with them. Later on in life he paid his son, Thomas Edison Jr., $32 a week to change his name. That was pretty amazing. He was apparently using his name to scam people. He gave one cousin cancer while testing out one of the first x-ray machines. During the same experiment he seriously burned one of his friends. These are only a few. I still can’t get over the changing of the name.
How many times in life are we tempted to let our minds wonder in the “what if realm”. What if I came up with a great invention and had a ton of money. My life would be so much better! The whole grass is always greener mentality. Beware of the green grass, you have no clue what is beneath. Was Thomas Edison a joyful man? Do you think he loved his life? He would lock employees in his lab until they could find a breakthrough on whatever project they were working on. Great boss?
A very familiar verse came up in our devotions Tuesday that goes along with this thought.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
I will close with that verse. What are we striving for today? Will it be worth it when we get there? What have we lost in order to gain? Have we focused on the temporal or the eternal?