How Much Can You Give // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

If I could only have more cash, I’d be happy!” Have you ever heard somebody say that? Perhaps
you’ve said it yourself. Folks often think that stockpiling dollars and cents is the sure answer to
all of life’s difficulties. It’s not!

As Ben Franklin stated, “Money has never bought happiness nor will it. There is nothing in its
nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum,
it makes one.”

If you think riches will make you happy, take a look at the evening news. You will find countless stories
of people who have lots of money, but their lives are in shambles. Money did not remove their problems. Don’t envy them. Of course, having money is not a bad deal — but striving for it –serving it — loving it — always causes problems. If you follow after money you will pierce yourself with many griefs.

Hettie Green was probably the world’s greatest miser. This wealthy lady was so stingy that her son’s
leg was amputated due to delays as she tried to find a free medical clinic. She lived off cold oatmeal because she was too thrifty to heat it. She died like a pauper — but had cash stashed all over her
house. Her estate proved to be worth over $95 million!

Money is a wonderful servant, but when used improperly, it becomes a tyrant of a master. One of the saddest sights in life is that of a poor sucker trapped in the endless quest for “more”.

Our nation’s hospitals are filled with people who have wasted their health in pursuit of wealth and are now spending their wealth to regain their health! It’s a puzzle, don’t you think?

Here’s a better idea. Why not try to see how much you can give away? Think of how much good
you could do if you made the commitment to be a “giver” rather than a “hoarder”.

John Wesley gave some pretty good advice when he said, “Earn all you can, save all you can, and give
all you can.” Keep your eyes open and you will see many needs that you can meet! There’s no greater
joy than knowing you’re making a difference.

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