“Two things I ask of you O Yahewh…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you…Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8–9
Is it possible for a dream six-figure income to torpedo the basic spiritual rhythm and connection in one’s life? It is possible that the comfort and freedom achieved through ‘financial independence’ are really corrosive elements that retard spiritual growth?
The wisdom of Proverbs seems to think so —
In the same way, perhaps being $100k in student debt is not much more virtuous if it means one becomes less generous or is willing to compromise one’s ethical center to make those payments. There is a balanced pragmatism in the compromising effect of poverty and desperation.
The ideal becomes enough. Enough for now, enough for today. Not enough to control one’s destiny for any length of time, but not so little that one’s destiny becomes uncertain. Enough to be kind. Enough to be generous. Enough to eat and laugh and fill up the tank and the end of the day.
One thing I ask of you O God…give me only my daily bread and not a slice more.