1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
Quality of life and standard of living are not the same thing. Wealth determines standard of living, but quality of life is determined by relationships. If you could only guarantee one or the other, which would you choose? There are many problems that money cannot solve, and many it makes worse. Riches can be a curse just as easily as a blessing, can the same be said about healthy relationships? About a good reputation? Who has been cursed by these? Though these things are more desirable, that does not make them more desired. Consider your priorities, and align your behavior with them. Is wealth too high on your list?
“Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.” The rich tend to disdain the poor, seeing themselves as superior. The poor tend to envy the rich, seeing them as undeserving. Yet they have much in common. With wisdom, the rich man humbles himself and the poor man is grateful for what he has. Humility and gratitude are not just helpful in themselves, they also put you in harmony with your Maker. Resist your own arrogance and be grateful for what you have. Then no matter how poor you are, your quality of life will rise.