Failure to Success

5Post-it-Notes are awesome.  No matter how electronic everything becomes a simple attached written note will always be needed. We use Post-it-Notes for helpful hints, good advice, warnings, reminders, directions and perhaps a joke along the way too.  Post-it-Notes were invented by the 3M company, the maker of scotch tape.  They have become one of the companies best selling, most successful products that it sells.  But did you know that it got it’s start as a big failure?

A scientist at 3M was trying to develop a new glue for the companies tape products and developed a new formula.  However it did stick at first but pulled off to easily.  He tried to fix the formula or to think of an application for it but he came up with nothing.  He figured it was a total failure and shouldn’t spend any more precious time on the formula and considered just throwing it away.  However, he gave it over to other scientists at 3M to see if they could fix it or come up with an application.

Art Fry at 3M, after some thinking and tests, came up with the idea for the Post-it-Note and the rest as they say, is history.  It started as a big failure and turned out to be a great success.

There are things that come up in our lives that are the same way.  We struggle with issues in our lives, sometimes for years and nearly give up.  We try to live things out our way, we try to do what we think is right but it just doesn’t work out sometimes.  We need to turn these issues over just like the 3M scientist did.  We should be turning these issues in our lives over to Jesus.

Proverbs 16:9 tells us that in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.  Maybe we know where we want to go but just can’t seem to get there.  Let’s remember to put our faith and trust in Jesus and He will direct our steps.  He can turn your glue into sticky notes.

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Brian Rowland (Admin.)

Excepted the Christ as my savior at the age of 16 and grew in faith for many years. In my thirties fell away from God, made bad choices with life long consequences but returned to the Lord, renewed my faith and living a thriving Christian life to this day. Active member of The Church of the Nazarene (35+ yrs.), Studied at Valley Forge Christian College and Eastern Nazarene College. Blessed to teach Sunday School for many, many years and even preach on occasion.

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