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What Does the Wall Street Journal Teach Us About Joy?–Part II

Nothing, I suspect. Some call the publication the WSJ for short. Many look to it for insightful business reporting. For me, it was a companion on my delayed flight home.

And then I saw the headlines. Well, actually, it was William Rempel in the weekend edition (January 13-14, 2018) calling out to me about the five best books on American moguls.

Andrew Carnegie.
Henry Ford.
John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Howard Hughes.

I confess: I’ve never read any of the books, and I seriously doubt that I ever will–mogul or not. Why? I know the ending to every single one of those books.

They all died.

At the end of the day, they might have owned the entire United States, but their ends were still the same. Their legacy would only be in those that they loved and touched with compassion.

It reminds me that there was another guy who lived quite some time ago. He died without houses, land, position, or power. Even the clothes on his back were stripped away. In fact, he gave away everything–his life.

Such is the power of the generous life. And the Bible speaks of it–that he did it “for the joy.”

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About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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