Many in the western world would consider a person "wealthy" by the job they have or by the value of their possessions.
Us middle-classers generally don't consider someone wealthy unless they drive brand new cars, have a huge house, or go on trips to warmer places on a regular basis. A family from a 3rd world country, however, would likely view another as wealthy if they could afford to feed their family or send their children to school.
I'm continually reminded of how easy it is to equate this word with our finances or by all the things we own, but as I'm growing in my ability to be grateful for all I already have & to appreciate the simple things in life... wealth has taken on a new meaning for me...
I'd rather be rich in loving relationships with others & with my God than in any material thing this world could offer.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths & vermin destroy, and where thieves break in & steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths & vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:19-21
The very essence of God is love. We don't "love" inanimate objects (hopefully) so they shouldn't have such a hold on us. There's a book on our shelf that I haven't had a chance to read yet, but the title alone speaks volumes: "When the game is over - It all goes back in the box" by: John Ortberg
Have you ever thought about that? None of our awards or decorations or techy toys are coming with us to heaven... When we die & this game on earth is over, everything goes back into the box!
"Thank You Lord for providing for all our needs. Our home, food & water, schooling for our child, my husband's job, & our health. You give good gifts & are worthy of all our praise." Amen
^ Little House on the Prairie clip from Season 2, episode 1 where Charles is referred to as "the richest man in town." Not because of his finances, but because of his family & their willingness to sacrifice their own comfort to take care of each other during tough times. Even though they went without many things... they were still willing to work hard & appreciated what they had.