Posted by Pastor John Lewis on December 02, 2015
A 21st Century Ebenezer Scrooge!
John D. Rockefeller, Sr. is an example of a person that had to reach the end of him self before he could get a proper perspective on life. Rockefeller drove himself to achieve one ambition in life, to make money. At the age of 33 he earned his first million. At the age of 43, he controlled the biggest company in the world. At age 53 he was the richest man on earth and the world’s only billionaire. Then he developed a disease (alopecia) that caused all his hair to fall out, his eyelashes and his eyebrows disappeared and he became skin and bones. His weekly income was one million dollars, but he could digest only milk and crackers. He was so hated in Pennsylvania that he had to have bodyguards day and night. He did not sleep, did not smile, and did not enjoy anything in life. The doctors predicted that he had one year to live. One newspaper had written his obituary in advance in case of his sudden death. Then one sleepless night John D. Rockefeller came to his senses and realized that he could not take one dime with him into the next world. He learned and accepted the fact that money is not everything. The prayers of family and friends were finally answered but not until God had him in the place he wanted him. The next morning he was a changed man. He began to help churches with his amassed wealth and established the Rockefeller Foundation. The foundation’s funding of medical research lead to the discovery of penicillin. John D. Rockefeller began to sleep will, eat and enjoy life. He did not die at 54, but lived to 98.
Remember that we can not take it with us. However, we can send treasures on ahead of us to heaven by the kind acts we do here in this life. Look around at those less fortunate and help them this Christmas!
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Prayer: Lord, help me this Christmas season to be generous and bless others with what you have blessed me with. Amen
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