The accumulation of wealth and elevation of perspective that inevitably result from moral striving is not obvious at first. Moral wealth may not always pay immediate dividends. In fact, striving morally my even appear to put one at a disadvantage initially, as others without such scruples appear to get ahead of the game. But where moral wealth really earns its value is during the storms of life. It is during the storms of life, when things are difficult, that the moral bank account really comes in handy. These storms can take the form of business challenges, economic recessions and even technological changes that challenge existing assumptions in business. More than likely though, the storms will come in the form of more personal challenges. You may confront situations involving your own character that you may not have been prepared to deal with. Or there could be people close to you who are going through challenging times and it affects you deeply.
The moral bank account also empowers us with a greater degree of awareness. With age and experience wisdom ripens. You begin to encounter similar people and similar situations the longer you live. And if you have really learned the lessons that prior experience teaches, you can avoid becoming entangled in situations that can be distracting or harmful. This is the view from 60 feet above the ground. Many people call this view ‘discernment.’ Discernment is the perception, in the absence of any judgment, with a view towards obtaining spiritual direction and understanding. It is without doubt one of the most potent tools in my arsenal.