Remembering God’s Blessings

According to Phillip M. Harter, a medical doctor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, if the earth’s population could be shrunk into a village of just 100 people; it would look like this:  57 would be Asian, 21 would be European, 14 would be from the Western Hemisphere, and 8 would be African.  52 would be female—48 male; 70 would be nonwhite—30 would be white; 70 would be non-Christian—30 would be Christian; 89 would be heterosexual—11 would be homosexual. 

6 people would possess 59% of the world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.  80 would live in substandard housing; 70 would be unable to read; 50 would suffer malnutrition; 1 would be near death and 1 would be pregnant; 1 would have a college education and 1 would own a computer.

If you live in a good home, have plenty to eat and can read, you are a member of a very select group and richer than 75% of this world.  And if you have these things and own a computer, you are among the elite.  If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more fortunate than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation; you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.  If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are fortunate—more than 3 billion people in the world cannot.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.  If your parents are still alive and still married—you are very rare, even in the United States.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”   Luke 12:48 

Have a good day.  Remember how blessed you are, and thank God daily for His goodness.