Did you know…. If you’re reading this, there is a HUGE chance you live in the top 2-5% OF THE WORLD!
Another good mate of mine, Mark Scadrette (can’t wait to connect in SF in July!) published this life challenging article yesterday:
I am the 1 Percent
Posted: June 6 2012
I’ve spent some time recently on this website: http://www.globalrichlist.com/ and it looks like anyone who makes $34,000 a year is in the top 5% of global wealth and any of us who make $50,000 a year or more are in the top 1%. It’s staggering to consider that almost every working person/family I know in San Francisco is in the global 1%. I’m in the top 0.8%. That means that instead of comparing myself to the the 0 .7% who have more than me, I should probably wrestle with the trust and temptation of the wealth I have and how I can be the most generous and responsible with what I’ve been given.
Over the past few months we’ve been getting people together to share stories about where being God conscious intersects with the stuff of every day life. It’s way too easy, and often not that helpful, to talk about critical life topics in well rehearsed platitudes, no matter how well reasoned the arguments are. With these conversations we are trying to move from the objective and theoretical into a mode that is more present, personal, honest and reflective. We want to listen to each other and listen together. This month’s topic:
The Soul of Money: For many of us it may be easier to talk about our sex lives than to talk about our relationship with money– how we make it, what we spend it on and where our heart finds its treasure. Whether you feel wealthy, or poor, or somewhere in between we all navigate questions about the connection between time, money, work and the invitation into a God-aware and globally conscious life. Join us for an evening of personal stories and conversation about wealth, debt, greed, gratitude, generosity, trust, contentment and abundance.
Mark’s right, ya know?! It is easier to talk about intimate things like sex, than money! Story telling is powerful too – it reveals the heart, more than just facts. It removes the hiding.
Martin Luther said, “There are three conversions necessary: the heart, mind and purse.”
Herbert Kane said: “The last part of the person to convert is the wallet.” How true we’ve seen this to be! Therefore, we need to form deep biblical convictions about this area as soon as possible in our Christian lives. Remember the connection between our perspective on material things and spiritual things.
Most importantly, Jesus said,
“Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6.21)
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to get into heaven.” (Mark 10)
Maybe we need to tell some more stories.