What do the founders of McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken, the inventor of the light bulb, and the widow in today's story all have in common (Luke 18:1-14)? If you guessed "persistence," you're right! Before Thomas Edison turned on the first light bulb, he endured nine thousand failed attempts! Apparently, Colonel Sanders heard "No!" 1,009 times before anyone was sold on his "secret recipe." And Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, lived by a simple formula: #1 - never give up. #2 - always persevere. #3 - don't forget #1!

From Today in the Word, September 2003