Monday, May 19, 2008

Economics

Gas costs $3.79 a gallon and since we live in the middle of nowhere, we drive everywhere. Grocery costs have gone up by 20-30% and everything else seems to be following suit. The media brodcasts our economic plight daily with a plummeting DOW, inflation and a host of other words like "recession." People's stomachs are tied in knots trying to figure out how to weather this economic storm.

And yet, here I sit in my well-insulated home, at my computer, with a full stomach. Here's a few sobering statistics that have kept things in perspective for me:

*At least 54% of the world's population lives on less than $3 a day

That's MORE THAN HALF THE WORLD!!!

*91% of the world lives on less than $10,000 a year.

Which means most of us are in the top 10% of the world when it comes to finances.

So, what was it we were grumbling about?

3 comments:

Melanie said...

This is so true! We complain about that $3 a gallon gasoline we put in our car, yet for some people that is all they have for an entire day. Really makes you stop and think and get those priorities straightened out.

JamieLee said...

Amen. I've recently been thinking just the same thing. I was stressing because our renter lost his job and can't pay the rent. But in the big scheme of things, so what!? Even if we can't pay the mortgage and the house got foreclosed on, we still have a house and a car, and clothes, and running water, and food to eat... we're healthy, we're free...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

Tiffany Stuart said...

I am often stopped in my tracks when I hear myself complaining over my lack of clothes. Truth is I have plenty. I just WANT something different. I am spoiled, blessed with more than enough material goods.

But the greatest blessing is found in Christ.

Thanks for the reminder. As I fill up, I will think of others. Better yet, maybe I will remember to pray for them or give to them.