Was anyone ever more tireless than scientist George Washington Carver?

     George Washington Carver was tireless. Or so it seemed.  In the small town of Minneapolis, Kansas, back in the 1880's George was esteemed in high school. If  he read one of his papers on natural history the principal had the entire school gather to listen. It was rumored George was going to write a book to inspire African Americans to get an education like he had. The locals knew George - an orphan boy from Missouri - supported himself down in 'Poverty Gulch' by washing and ironing laundry. They saw his lamp glowing late at night, sure that he was studying or maybe knitting. They had seen some of his intricate lace 'fancywork' he had knitted. They also knew he painted. And they knew he dabbled with plants. He seemed to have a 'green thumb' the way he grew things.
     George must have been amused at times. The locals knew all those things and yet they didn't know half of what he did. George was in a realm few had known. He just had to try every new technique that reached his ears, whether it involved plants or laundry or something else. And he tried some techniques that he just thought up himself. Would a mixture of coal ashes, sulfur and hellebore sprinkled on the morning dew on his cabbages destroy the pesky worms? George just had to know.  He could scarcely sleep until he found out. Did adding linseed oil to his usual mixture of resin and beeswax make better grafting wax?  George had to know. Could he isolate his own oxalic acid from a plant, he wondered. If so, he could mix it with the blue he made from copperas and prussiate of potash to make his own bluing. George wasn't just a laundry man. He was virtually a chemist. Borax, ammonia, bleaching powder, sal soda, unslacked lime, alcohol, glycerin, turpentine, carbonate of ammonia, alum, beeswax, salt, gum arabic, lemon juice, rice water and chloride of lime were all used by George for dozens of different problems. He even made his own paints. Just as he discovered as a child of only six or seven that he could knit any item he saw he discovered later he could solve just about any problem. It was a gift God had given him. And he couldn't waste it by loafing or sleeping. And he would maintain that virtue his entire life.
     Corrie ten Boom was tireless the same way. She had a reputation as a child for trying to do a dozen things at once. If friends teased her about it she shot back that if she finished only two or three things she did more than they did. She faltered for a while as a young woman, wondering if she was going to become a reclusive spinster. But then she passed the exam for teaching the Bible when she was 28. It was after she began to really absorb what she had learned in Bible School that she soared. Suddenly it seemed there was nothing she could not do. In 1922 she became the first woman ever licensed as a watchmaker in Holland. She launched her girls club. From 1923 to 1940 Corrie built it from a simple diversion for girls after church to a large network of well-rounded, spiritually-grounded Triangle Clubs. She had dozens of adult leaders and hundreds of girls. Her girls wore uniforms, learned crafts, studied the Bible, even camped. Each year they performed in a concert hall for friends and relatives. In the midst of the show Corrie gave a pep talk like 'God's telephone is never busy!'.
     In World War II she worked in the Dutch underground hiding refugees. Barely surviving a Nazi work camp in Germany she came back to Holland to start rehabilitation centers. All of this work she credited to Jesus. He had 'saved her from the pit'. She realized at 50 she had to carry that very message all over the world. From that moment to 1977 she never stopped evangelizing. In 30 years she traveled to 66 countries, somehow managing to write several books in the process. She refused fatigue as a trick of the devil to stop her from doing God's work. Nor could she waste her precious time by doing things that were frivolous. In 1977 she stopped traveling but not working. She agreed at 85 to do five movie shorts and five devotional books. In spite of increasingly severe strokes that began in 1978 she managed to finish her 10 obligations. Although partially paralyzed she even put together one more devotional book before she died on her 91st birthday!
     Why is the virtue of unceasing activity so important to heroes?

The 1880's were very bad times for African Americans but George did not hide his many candles under a basket...

Corrie became the first woman licensed as a watchmaker in Holland. But that was not enough...








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