My husband is very good at being content with our standard of living. I can sincerely admit I struggle with it. Why, I don’t know. We are incredibly blessed. My husband’s job provides us with an income that allows me to comfortably stay home and not have to work. We have a beautiful house that is plenty big and fully furnished. We want for very little and enjoy many experiences money provides us. I could go on…
So why is it that I constantly have a wish list a mile long for all the “stuff” I want. I type want, but in my head I often think need. I hate this about myself, and some times are better than others, but it is a constant struggle. I keep thinking if we had a little more money coming in, I could finally be satisfied, but we all know that is never true. We just want more stuff.
So, it is with that true confession that I bring you the following statistic from a great website I found. Our family is in the top %1 of wealthiest people in the world. In fact, if you make over $47,500 you are in that top %1 too. I love what Global Rich List has to say on the matter.
We are obsessed with wealth. But we gauge how rich we are by looking upwards at those who have more than us. This makes us feel poor.
We wanted to do something which would help people understand, in real terms, where they stand globally. And make us realise that in fact most of us (who are able to view this web page) are in the privileged minority.
We want people to feel rich. And give some of their extra money to a worthwhile charity.
Did I mention how well my husband “gets” this? Did I mention how often he reminds me of this? Did I mention that when he gets more money instead of wanting more stuff, he looks for ways to give more money away? Did I mention how wonderful I think this is and how wonderful it is he puts up with my pathetic attempts to become more content.
In the end, this Bible always says it best.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 Tim. 6:6-8)