In some Christian circles, wealth is a sign of God's blessings in your life. That's something I've been trying to disentangle from my mind because I don't want to find my intrinsic worth, or God's approval ratings, through the number in my bank account. On the other hand, I'm richer this year and sometimes it feels good to think about how my decisions, hard work, and education have paid off. Yet, it's not all me. There was help from friends who have referred me to jobs over the years, classmates who helped me study, family who gave emergency loans when I was starting out and a lot of luck (thought I might attribute it more to God putting me in the right place at the right time or opening a door). I'm also considering how to reinvest in my community and in the world. There's not only a social responsibility factor here, but also a very spiritual factor as well. Being faithful with what you are given is the moral of the parable of the ten talents. I believe that being faithful involves a generous spirit and discerning mind to see investing less as a monetary return on investment and more as a investment in people to have a ripple effect (in Christian lingo you might call it kingdom investing).
This prompt really made me think through some of the underlying motives because my first reaction was, "I'm richer, but I don't want to say that because it seems like the douche bag thing to say." I also have complicated feelings about being poor in spirit (as evidenced by my previous prompt response about loss), because my second response was, "I'm richer materially but poorer in spirit, so let's call it a wash." This post may have turned into a disclaimer of sorts - "I'm richer, but I'm a conscientious giver! Love me even though I have a lot of money!" But I hope that it effectively explained the attitude I want to cultivate towards wealth - that it's not really mine to have, but mine to use for good.