Man Must Have an Idol

“Man must have an idol – The amassing of wealth is one of the worst species of idolatry.  No idol more debasing than the worship of money.  Whatever I engage in I must push inordinately therefor should I be careful to choose the life which will be the most elevating in character.  To continue much longer overwhelmed by business cares and with most of my thoughts wholly upon the way to make more money in the shortest time, must degrade me beyond hope of permanent recovery.  I will resign business at Thirty five, but during the ensuing two years, I wish to spend the afternoons in securing instruction, and in reading systematically.”

–     Andrew Carnegie at 33

Tim Keller posted this quote in his excellent book, “Counterfeit Gods.”  He goes on to note that although Carnegie may have been able to discern somewhat that his heart lusted after the idol of wealth, he certainly did not retire at 35, and went on to become one of the wealthiest men in the world.

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