--------------------A female monastic named Theodora once asked Theophilus the elder, "what did the apostle mean when he wrote the the expression"redeem the time (Col 4: 5)?"
Theophilus responded by saying, "the term is intended to teach us how to profit from everything that occurs to us through the time of our life. If one comes upon a time of mistreatment, then one should purchase that time with humility and long suffering. If one comes upon a time of dishonor, then purchase that dishonor with tolerance. Every time of adversity can be used to make your spirit richer."
Wealth has many facets, and it is far too easy to overlook the wealth of our souls. This is especially true when our worldview (the lenses by which we interpret reality) has defined well being and wealth in a different manner. What the desert fathers teach us here is that there exists a currency by which we purchase commodities for our souls, and this currency is always humility and long suffering.