Do you realize that if you have indoor plumbing, a home (whether one room or a mansion), more clothes than what you are currently wearing, food, and transportation, you are in the top 15% of the world’s population in wealth? According to an article dated 20 July 2016 at http://www.investopedia.com, and income of $32,400 (that’s $11.60/hour) puts you in the top 1% of the world in wealth. The top ONE Percent. That’s a staggering statistic!
Maybe you don’t feel wealthy because you are struggling financially. (I am, so I can relate.) We are bombarded through television and social media, billboards, signs, and peer pressure to buy more, buy bigger, have the newest… do you wonder why check cashing businesses and pawnshops and “We Buy Gold” businesses are thriving? Bankruptcy and divorce lawyers? Why so many houses are in foreclosure? We become so focused on that newer, shinier, next thing or person, we build ourselves mountains of depth, creating deep levels of discontent and worry and stress, and these things destroy us.
I am not immune!
Keeping up appearances is something I struggle with just like so many people, but I am sure of one thing: I do NOT want to end up like the rich man in Luke 16. Read the whole chapter!
“But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish.” – Luke 16:25 NLT
Recognize how blessed you are. Be thankful for what you have, especially family.