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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
"Looking for Gold"
"But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” –Job 23:10
At one time, Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America. He came to America from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, and eventually ended up as the largest steel manufacturer in the United States. At one time, he had forty-three millionaires working for him. In those days, a millionaire was a rare person. Conservatively speaking, a million dollars in his day would be equivalent to at least twenty million dollars today.
A reporter asked Carnegie how he had hired forty-three millionaires. Carnegie responded that those men had not been millionaires when they started working for him but had become millionaires as a result.
The reporter’s next question was “How did you develop these men to become so valuable to you that you have paid them this much money?” Carnegie replied that men are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold; but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt--one goes in looking for gold.
This is how it should be for pastor and people. The pastor ought to look for the good in every life. He should look beyond the warts, the flaws, the blemishes, and see the potential of every person. The people should see the good in the church as well. They ought to focus on the good qualities of the church, not the bad. Every person, as well as every church, has its flaws, and we are sure to find them if that is all we are looking for. I want to be a miner and move through the dirt to find the gold!