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It’s crazy how many times I’ve heard money being called the root of all evil. I totally disagree. Money isn’t the problem, it’s people. Our greed and endless desires for money is what’s causing this so called “evil”. Money is a tool and like all tools it can used as a weapon, but I had the pleasure to experience money bring joy, love, and peace.

It wasn’t until after my conversation with Audre that I handed her every bill in my wallet. Instantly, an expression of gratitude rushed across her face. Her cheeks turned bright red and her eyes began to water. Our conversation was emotional enough and I didn’t have the strength to watch her cry. I quickly said my goodbyes, I shook her hand, stood to my feet, and then walked away. That moment was truly unforgettable, but it’s sad knowing that such a beautiful woman remains homeless.

Audre’s been living on the street for about 2 years now. As a result of her company downsizing, she lost her job as an accountant. Moving to Philadelphia was her only option, but finding a job in the city was harder than she expected. “I haven’t given up yet. I know things are tough right now, but I have faith in God. It’s because of this that I know my situation is only temporary,” said Audre. This is what I love most about Audre, her optimism. Most of us would drown in our own sorrow, but she laughs in the face of defeat. If only people could understand the true power of faith and positive thinking. Maybe then would we understand the role of leadership.

22 thoughts on “Audre

  1. thespiritualhealingjourney says:

    Its so true. Its not money, its a craving for money and what we do with it that is the problem. I have been a few dollars away from homeless and I have now financial security for now. I tend to think I stumbled onto money because I don’t hold onto it. I am willing to let is pass through to places and people where it is needed. But I watch people with even greater financial means struggle over the worry for money and the need or desire to have more – unwilling to part with it due to fear. Thank you for your post!

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  2. jackiegmills says:

    You are so right. The original saying is actually ‘The love of money is the root of all evil’ (1 Timothy 6:10) but the first part is often ignored. It’s the most important part of the saying, and the biggest truth in our world today. Great post !

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      • ikatchronicles says:

        I guess I’m a bit late, yet I had the Bible verse on my mind too. Money is a medium of exchange, but those who love or crave it aren’t able to see the lovely woman you were able to notice and help. Luke 6:38 also says that what you give, will be given back to you – pressed down, shaken together and running over… it may be a bad paraphrase on my part, but you understand.

        Beautiful story of about one big heart!

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  3. beyondtheduero says:

    Pithy and precise post, the world’s a harsh place to live these days… I remember when human worth was respected, but I can’t place when that changed. Was it the 80’s? Now we’re obsessed by growth and profit.

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  4. wlancehunt says:

    The original saying about money is “for the love of money is the root of all evil”. Timothy 6:10. It’s gotten twisted up over the years. So, yep. It’s not money: money is morally neutral. The love or lust of money; that is something else entirely, and that does have moral character.

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