Godliness with contentment is great gain.
—1 Timothy 6:6
Sir Cecil Rhodes co-founded the De Beers Mining Company, which eventually controlled 90% of the world’s diamonds—making him one of the richest men in the world.
In an interview shortly before his death in 1902, his interrogator said, “You must be a very happy man.”
“Happy?” replied Sir Cecil. “Good Lord, no! I’ve spent my life making money. Now I’m having to spend half of it on doctors to keep me out of the grave and the other half on lawyers to keep me out of jail.”
Money properly used is an indispensable resource, fueling good works that would sink without it.
But we should always be aware of this reality: “we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” (1 Tim. 6:7).
Money can buy food, but not appetite;
acquaintances, but not friends.