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I like money, don’t you? It’s such a handy thing. I can use it to pay my bills, go out to eat, buy gifts for others or do things I enjoy! Everyone likes money. And you know what? Practically everyone also wants more money! So how much money is enough? Someone once said, “I have enough money to live comfortably for the rest of my life – if I die next Thursday”! They must not have had much money!
John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest men of his day. He founded Standard Oil and made it a monopoly. If you adjusted his fortune for inflation, he was the wealthiest American of all time. He said, “How much money does it take to make a man happy? Just one more dollar.”* He was speaking from experience, though he may have known what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 5:10-11, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?” (NIV)
If we are searching for satisfaction and meaning by pursuing wealth, we will be disappointed. Solomon was the wealthiest king of ancient Israel. He knew from experience wealth does not satisfy. Tomorrow, we will examine his conclusion on what gives life meaning.
*”John D. Rockefeller Quotes,” AZQuotes, https://www.azquotes.com/quote/919457
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