Friday's Financial Principle

All Paychecks Are Not Equal

  • Proverbs 1:10-13 (NKJV) My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 
  • 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil…

Years ago I read a little book by Zig Ziglar that changed my life. The name of the book was, “I’ll See You at the Top.”

Ziglar’s central theme was this: If you help enough people get what they want in life you will get what you most want in life.

I read that book about 35 years ago and over the years I have discovered that Ziglar was right.

However, this principle goes back further than 30 years; matter of fact, Solomon taught it to his children about 3000 years ago.

  • The lesson is this: All income is not equalimagesD4YO603I

Getting the money to fill your house with all kinds of precious possessions is OK; but doing it at the expense of others is not. There is a difference between taking spoil and adding value. You know the type—the person at the shop or office that you have to cover for all the time; you do your job and have to do part of their job also. The truth be known, on payday you deserve part of their pay—you earned it but, like a crook, they take it from you.

However, it is worse than that. All income is not equal in another way. It’s sort of like Hitter—he was a great motivator and leader but boy the world would have been a lot better off without his contribution.

The same principle is true for you. You can be the employee of the month or year and have your own parking space, a special bonus, and your picture on the front page of the company newsletter; but if the business you’re in destroys people’s lives what good is that?

Fill your house with all kinds of precious possessions—by all means; but not with the spoil of other people’s lives. No matter what business you’re in you have a customer—take good care of them. Take the high-road with them; earn your keep by blessing them, by giving more than you get, and by helping their dreams come true.

In the end, those that make a living at the expense of others end up in a prison (literally or figuratively \\ Proverbs 1:17-19), but those that make their living by adding value to others and to society end up living in a palace—whether it is a many-roomed one or one of smaller size.

And one more thing…

You can’t take or steal the greatest treasures of life—they have to be given to you and that only comes by earning people’s love and trust.

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