The Klondike Gold Rush


The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in northwest Canada from 1896 to 1899. Gold was first discovered there on August 16, 1896, which set off the stampede for the prized metal. The initial discovery was made by three miners: Skookum Jum Mason, George Carmack, and Charlie Dawson. But most who followed came up empty.

In 1899, gold was discovered near Nome, Alaska, prompting a mass exodus from Klondike. At its peak, the area boasted a population of 30,000. But that didn’t last long, as the exodus all but wiped out the local economy.

What the prospectors did in 1899, we still do in 2017. We chase after our dreams with great focus, until another shiny object captures our interest. Then we run after that one.

God has a better plan. Jesus said the wise man sold everything he had and focused on the kingdom of God. When we abandon all else to seek Him, we find something far better than gold. We find a peace this world can neither understand nor afford.


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