It has been my life-long observation that genuinely successful living is not based on what one has or doesn’t, but rather on one’s attitude and personal definitions of plenty and dearth, enough or not enough. Unfortunately, perspective on this issue is entirely emotion-based and can never be effectively delineated by dry statistics or determination of what is enough or not enough tallied by a vague collective view. It is entirely an individual call made up of any number of combinations of circumstances and the individual's attitude about those conditions.
For example, I have a relative who lives on a very small monthly Social Security allotment. Statistically speaking she lives well below the poverty level. But she has a roof over her head, food in the pantry, heat and air con. She has decent clothing, basic utilities like cable and internet access. She barely makes it from month to month but has no debt at all. Using a different standard she could be considered rich. Her attitude is that she has “enough” and is not only grateful for what she has, she also looks for ways to help others. In stark contrast, I also know a young woman who lives in a huge house, has expensive clothing, jewelry, autos and a well endowed bank account and she is in constant misery, never happy or grateful for anything, always in a state of longing for something else. In spite of her material wealth she is selfish, petty and mean-spirited. She, by my standard, is poverty stricken.
So, the old adage, much wants more, is proven over and over. Why do people not understand this? It is a great conundrum for me and painful to watch as this era of self-destruct in the name of commerce and self fulfullment unfolds and everything is redefined and realigned in order that the Beast is properly worshipped.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to [his] purpose. Romans 8:28