Convictions

Robert Strand

What single life attitude could change your life around? What is this attitude that really stands behind the reality of progress? Ari Davis of Boston who owned a factory that manufactured tools and instruments said, "Why are bothering yourself with a knitting machine? Why don't you make a sewing machine?" That question was overheard by the nineteen-year-old Elias Howe who accepted the challenge.

sewingmachineNo one else took this challenge seriously...except the young Howe. This question haunted him day and night until he resolved he would be the one to discover and build a sewing machine.

He had an almost insane conviction that it could be done and he could do it! He nearly starved in the process of designing, experimenting and building the machine. In fact he may have starved had it not been for some friends who came to his rescue to help with his living expenses.

Finally in July of 1845 the sewing machine was completed and proved its practicality by sewing the seams of two men's wool suits! It could sew 300 perfectly matched stitches a minute. The mechanism he invented was nearly perfect and remains even today the way sewing machines are still being built. It happened all because one young man had the conviction it could be done and he could do it!

This One Thing

The Apostle Paul lived with this same kind of convictions. He even wrote it down for us to read, "THIS ONE THING I DO!" Today's world is filled with people who are wimps without convictions! What do you have strong convictions about?

"We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Thessalonians 1:3).