(Proverbs 23:4 KJV) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
As I write this I am retired. I am no longer chasing the rabbit or grabbing for the gold ring. At the same time I think about going back to work or getting something part time. Why? At this point it would only be to be “rich" (gain wealth NASB) (6238). Why? There seems to be a certain gene in us that always wants more. I stand on the porch of my new home and gaze out over the receding ridges. It is so much more stirring than the middle school I used to have taking up the horizon. Yet I am aware that we have the smallest house in the neighborhood.
An attitude I need to develop, in fact I should have developed it long ago, is to be satisfied with enough. I can’t go pay cash for a new car. I can pay to have my old one fixed, and that is a good thing. We are all at different places but the assurance we have is that God will provide. My wife asks me if I am worried about having enough money as we age. I answer, “No.” We mean different things. She worries about having money to live her dreams. I am concerned about living in dignity. God will sort out which is more balanced.
So? How much is enough? It will be different for all of us because of personality and situation but I have a feeling God wants us to understand that we can be happy and content with less than we think. It is often a matter of attitude.