3One Awakening

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.

—Billy Graham

A true story of awakening:

The United States in the 1960s was not an easy time for many. Working on the railroads, the boy knew hard work from a young age. His father was the type to never skip a day of work. He put his son to work when he was five years old. Any time he wasn't in school, he would work on the tracks. It was rewarding in its way, as he got paid a dollar an hour and got a free lunch, but hardly the stimulation the young kid wanted.

His rural town in Ohio wasn't much to talk about. William McKinney had been born there. And the public library, a memorial to the U.S. president, was a tourist attraction. His family was deeply rooted in working class values. He saw the suffering and misery on the faces of his fellow locals. He heard the stories when neighbors would stop by for a cup of coffee or after work for some homemade wine. Everyone struggled.

The fuzzy family television told similar stories. Even hit comedies like Gilligan's Island innocently programmed people to think rich people were greedy and not likeable. And top shows like The FBI Story taught that people do horrible things in the pursuit of money. Other TV shows, like The Rockford Files, conveyed the idea that money corrupted. The programming was insidious, but few noticed. After all, it was simply entertainment.

From a young age, he knew he wanted to be a ...

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