Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it stays alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal (John 12:23–25). Die (to self) in order to live. Selfishness leads to more loneliness, selflessness to more happiness.
Human understanding teaches that the more you hoard, the more you prosper. Its governing themes are greediness, hoarding and stinginess. The world believes that these shall uplift you towards wealth. The truth is opposite.
“There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.”- Proverbs 11:24. Scatter to gather.
Therefore, lean not on human understanding. Lean not on a world governed by humanistic thought, but a world governed by a Person. The more you scatter, give and practice generosity with your ideas, resources and life, the more you will prosper. The more you water others, the more you will be watered. It is a paradox of life. An anti-thesis to the fallen human understanding.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38). Those who withhold will be withholden. Those who ‘overgive’ will overflow.
He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse (Prov. 28:27). Lift the poor and you’ll be lifted up. Let go and you’ll live more.