The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it» (Proverbs 10:22).
Johann Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, commonly known as Johannes Gutenberg, was born in Mainz (Germany) and probably died on February 3, 1468. He was a German craftsman and inventor who created a moving type printing method, which was used without much change until the twentieth century.
At that time, the bourgeoisie demanded more and more material to read and created a huge market for the book industry throughout western Europe. What would happen if someone managed to invent a new way to produce books faster and cheaper? If that were possible, the inventor and his investors would be immensely wealthy. So, by 1450, there were five people desperately looking for the answer, each one with their own sponsor: Jean Brito, of Bruges; Panfilo Castaldi, of Feltre; Johannes Gutenberg, of Mainz; Laurens Koster, from Haarlem; and Prokop Waldvogel, from Avignon. Johann Fust, a local goldsmith, became very interested in the Gutenberg project and gave him eight hundred guilders (the equivalent of almost two million dollars in the present) in 1450, and a similar amount in 1452.
Thanks to his perseverance, Gutenberg found the solution to the dilemma and was the first to build a printing press. Do you know what book he printed first? The Bible. In part, the printer did it just to show how fast such a big book could be printed. He also took advantage of the popularity of the Bible to ensure the sale of his new press. The result was a resounding success. In addition, the Holy Scriptures were able to spread through many places, which helped a great deal in the knowledge of the truth.
Without a doubt, the printing press deeply transformed Western society because it facilitated the distribution of books and made them accessible to people. That allowed ideas to reach more and more people. In addition, it provoked the creation of more centers of studies and was fundamental for the success of the Protestant Reformation, facilitating the dispersion of its ideas throughout Europe. In January 1465, the archbishop of Mainz compensated Gutenberg and gave him an annual allowance of cereals, wine, and clothes. Besides, he exempted him from paying certain taxes.
Sooner or later, work and perseverance will produce results. Gutenberg was able to see the fruit of his work and the transformation of the society of the moment.
Would you like to transform your environment? You can do that too! If you persevere in your goals in any area of life in which you are involved, sooner or later you will transcend to greater areas. God’s blessing will be with you!