(Proverbs 22:1 KJV) A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
How can an intangible like “favor” (2580) be preferred to “silver” (3701) and “gold” (2091)? Really. How naive do you think I am? As I thought about it I realized that silver and gold are like the American dollar, their value is in what people will give for them. If my history is accurate, many cultures of the world thought of gold as being a pretty shiny medal but something of very little use. A well crafted piece of flint might be more desirable.
When you think in terms of eternity remember that gold will be used to pave streets and that concrete would have been a miracle to the Aztec. “Favor” (2580), on the other hand, is the Old Testament word for grace. It is eternal, necessary and ever mysterious.
So? Be responsible with your gold and silver. That is also a Biblical standard, but don’t lose perspective of why you got up and whom you serve.