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Levi's

Levi Strauss came to America in 1847.

In 1853 he opened a wholesale business in San Francisco and began making sturdy work pants for miners.

In 1872 a key event occurred. A Nevada tailor wrote him suggesting he make work pants with rivets to reinforce the seams. Levi Strauss knew a good idea when he heard one. He hired the tailor, Jacob Davis, "and in 1873 the company began producing riveted blue denim jeans and jackets." As of 2003, Levi Strauss & Co. was the world’s largest clothing manufacturer, their product so popular that the brand name Levi’s is often used to refer to any pair of blue jeans—like Coke sometimes refers to any soft drink, Kleenex to any tissue, Band-Aid to any bandage.

Levi Strauss was willing to take advice from a Nevada tailor. He didn’t think he had all the good ideas. He was humble enough to learn from others.

Suggested applications:

  • Humility is always a good idea. "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. " Matthew 23:12
  • We also need to be willing to learn from others. Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20

    Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Strauss, Levi"

  • Sheep

    Why did Jesus refer to His people as “sheep” (John 10:11)? It might be because sheep are so helpless.

    Real life shepherd Phillip Keller, in his book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, says sheep require more ca... [Read More]

    Reference: Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (Daybreak Books, 1970), pp. 21, 50, 60-63, 70, 74

    Model T

    Henry Ford’s Model T changed the world. He would produce 15 million of them from 1908 to 1927, eventually for a cost of less than $300 (in 1925), making modern transportation available to the common man. The engine ha... [Read More]

    Reference: The Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 8, 2002, "Model T," p. 213

    George Washington Carver

    George Washington Carver was born a slave on a farm in Missouri, but he became an internationally famous scientist, and is credited with revolutionizing the economy of the South.

    It is said that he once asked God... [Read More]

    Reference: Pat Robertson, CBN newsletter (April, ’04); The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "George Washington Carver," pp. 268-269