I realize, of course, that it's no shame to be poor.
But it's no great honor either!
They would ask me to advise them,
Like a Solomon the Wise.
And it won't make one bit of difference if I answer right or wrong.
When you're rich, they think you really know!
To sit in the synagogue and pray.
And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall.
And I'd discuss the holy books with the learned men, several hours every day.
That would be the sweetest thing of all.
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All day long I'd biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn't have to work hard.
- we realise that the Giver is more important than the gift and we are not mesmerised by the latter that we forget the Source of blessing.
- we realise that riches won't help on the day of judgment, but right living can save us from death (Proverbs 11:4).
- we don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit (Proverbs 23:4).
- we are careful to guard ourselves against every kind of greed because a person's life doesn't consist of the amount of possessions he has (Luke 12:15).
- we constantly remind ourselves of Paul’s command to the rich: "Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life" (1 Timothy 6:17-19).