At one time Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America. He came here from Scotland as a young boy, did a variety of odd jobs, and eventually ended up as the largest steel manufacturer in the United States. In 1901 he sold his steel company to J.P. Morgan for $303,450,000. That’s $9.2 billion in today’s dollars!
At one time Carnegie had 43 millionaires working for him. One reporter asked him how he came to hire so many millionaires. Carnegie responded that those men were not millionaires when he hired them, but they had become millionaires while under his wing.
The reporter’s next question was, "Well, then how did you develop these men to become so valuable to you that you paid them that much money?" Carnegie replied that people are developed the same way that gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt and stone must be moved first in order to get to the gold; but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt... one goes in looking for gold.
That’s exactly the way that we all need to look at each other. Don’t look for the flaws, the mistakes, and the weaknesses. We should always look for the gold, not the dirt; the good, not the bad. Whether it’s our relationships, or work, our Church... or our mirror... the more good qualities we look for, the more good qualities we are going to find.
BTW... that’s also the way that God looks at us.
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to Indescribable by Chris Tomlin. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FlIchSJoOA