John Wesley’s Example in Managing Money


“[John Wesley bought] some pictures …when one of the chamber maids came to his door. It was a Winter day and he noticed that she had only a thin linen gown to wear for protection against the cold. He reached into his pocket to give her some money for a coat, and found he had little left. It struck him that the Lord was not pleased with how he had spent his money. He asked himself: ‘Will Thy Master say, “Well done, good and faithful steward?” Thou hast adorned thy walls with the money that might have screened this poor creature from the cold!’
“… [Wesley] identified a modest level of expenses… [then each] year his income increased, but he kept his standard of living the same…. At one point Wesley was making… about $160,000 a year …, but he was living as if he were making $20,000 a year.

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