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Money Is Not the Root of All Evil


by Glenn Shepard
August 25, 2015
Category:  Careers


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It drives me nuts when people say ďMoney is the root of all evilĒ.

This is an inaccurate quote, and itís also untrue.

The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil. Itís how we handle money that can cause problems.

You need money, and thereís nothing wrong with being well paid for a job well done.

The salary for the first President of the United States was $25,000 a year in 1789. George Washington declined to accept it, even though it was an enormous sum at the time.

Bill Clintonís presidential salary was $200,000 a year when he left office in January 2001. George W. Bush began at $400,000 a year when he took office that month.

Regardless of whether youíre a Republican or Democrat, being President is one of the most stressful jobs in the world. For proof, look at how quickly Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barrack Obamaís hair turned grey once they got into office. Whoever holds that job deserves to be paid well for it.

Bill Gates has given away $28 billion of his own money through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I challenge the hypocrites who say that money is evil to tell that to the thousands of children whose lives have been saved because of the medical treatments made possible through Bill's generosity.

I also challenge anyone who says that money is evil to try living without it.

Money is neither good nor bad. Itís simply a necessity. Most of what youíll ever want requires money. Whether itís sending your kids to college, feeding the homeless, or buying a new convertible Jaguar, you need money to do it.

Wanting to make the most out of the 40 hours or more you put into work every week doesnít make you greedy or materialistic. It makes you wise.

If youíve got to work, why not make it count? Thereís nothing wrong with wanting to stay where you are if youíre content and able to meet your financial obligations. Thereís also nothing wrong with wanting to make more.

To Your Success,

P.S. Even those who work for a higher calling agree that making more money is a good thing. Pastor Rick Warren is the author of my favorite book, The Purpose Driven Life. Even after its phenomenal success (over 30,000,000 copies sold), he stayed in the same house, kept driving the same car, and kept his same job as pastor at Saddleback Church. But he also repaid his salary for the past 20 years, now takes no salary from the church, and practices reverse tithing (he gives away 90 percent of his income and lives on 10). He explained that the money didnít change his life, but made it possible for him to change the lives of lots of other people.

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