So many have read the books and seen the movies but how many have known the story? J.K. Rowling lived on welfare before creating Harry Potter’s world. In the early 1990s, Rowling had been divorced and was living on welfare with a child. She completed most of the first “Harry Potter” book in cafes. Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary when the idea for Harry Potter came to her one day while delayed on a train from Manchester to London in 1990. The next seven years brought the death of her mother, divorce from her husband and poverty until she finished the first novel in 1997.
Of course we know that the The “Harry Potter” franchise has become a worldwide success and J.K. Rowling is now worth an estimated $1 billion. But this compelling story is not as much about the money as the idea and perseverance of J.K. Rowling. When hard work and opportunity meet at the crossroads of life, success usually follows. Ideas and perseverance are key elements in all personal success. When you add to this mixture gratitude, faith, and grace and you will have satisfaction and contentment. Success without contentment is a recipe for personal unrest.
I love these words of Jesus that remind us of what God wants to give us freely: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16