Measuring wealth

When most of us think of misers we think of Ebenezer Scrooge. But whereas Scrooge was a fictitious character, John G. Wendel and his sisters were real, and probably the most miserly people of all time. They inherited a vast fortune of which they spent very little. They lived in the same house in New York for fifty years, and when the last sister died in 1931, she left more than one hundred million dollars – the equivalent of billions today. Her only dress was one she’d made herself and had worn for twenty five years.
The Wendels are an extreme example of those Jesus referred to “who lay up treasure for themselves, and are not rich toward God”. The message for us is to measure wealth not not by the money we have, but by the things we have for which we would not take money.

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