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Monday, May 9, 2011

Money...Where does it go?

My wife and I have been making a concerted effort to stick to a budget that will, hopefully, allow the proverbial ends to meet. As cliched as this sounds, I suspect that there are many of you working through similar issues out of necessity. Keeping my lead foot under control has been a challenge, made somewhat less difficult by $4.17 a gallon (BJ's price). I don't have cable, I turn the lights off when I leave a room, grocery shop as frugally as possible and mow my lawn with a sturdy little Scotts reel mower. It's hard. Fridays are nights in more than out and we usually have to politely decline invitations to social events.

But when I'm quiet long enough to hear something other than my own whining, I remember that it's never gotten so hard that God was unable to carry us through. We are truly blessed. We have jobs. Our needs are met and we have supportive friends and family. That said, my faith and desire to bless others was never screwed to the sticking place more than when I was shown where we as Americans stand in the grand economic scheme of things.

If you're reading this, you're using a computer. That makes you wealthier than 98% of the world. Heck, if you flushed a toilet today, you're in the top 10%. Consider this: globalrichlist.com calculates that a salary of $40,000 a year makes you the 190,434,783rd richest person in the world. Out of 6.8 billion. Perspective helps a lot.

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