I Am Rich

Pastor Tim started a series at church called “How To Be Rich,” and during the first sermon he shared this website. www.globalrichlist.com It tells you how your income measures up compared to the rest of the world. When I enter how much I make per year, I am in the top 4% of richest people in the world. FOUR PERCENT.

You should check it out to see how rich you are. :)

The best thing about this site the social commentary it brings to mind. I mean, yes we are all rich compared to today’s world population, but we certainly don’t feel rich! If we compare ourselves to many of those around us, we could make the case that we aren’t rich. We are often just getting by month to month. But, step outside of that thinking for just a moment. What are we doing with our money? Are we spending it on things we truly need?

I think the overwhelming majority of Americans would say we are wasting our money on things we don’t need; however, those same people won’t take any steps to change their habit.

Just some thoughts about wealth, materialism, and simplicity.

From a rich person, mind you, so listen up! :)

What could you do with $40 per month? Sponsor a child through World Hope International! https://www.worldhope.org/  I have a little girl named Prerana from Nepal.

My brother and sister-in-law donated money in my name to World Vision to provide educational supplies to children in poor countries. Best Christmas gift EVER! http://www.worldvision.org/ Thanks Dave and Whit!

In high school, I sponsored a child from Brazil through Compassion International, another great organization. It was $28 per month back then, but I’m sure it has gone up! Check it out! http://www.compassion.com/default.htm

Sharing to influence someone’s life in a more positive way is far better than spending my money on something I don’t really need.

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Invisible Children

My senior year in college, I watched a documentary about the Invisible Children of Uganda, children who were forced to spend every night walking away from their villages to a safe place where they wouldn’t be abducted by a rebel army who wanted to turn them into child soldiers. The documentary was quite inspiring because it featured three guys about my age who happened upon these children while they were on a filming adventure in Africa. It shocked them so much they came back to the US with plans to do something about it.

That was in 2003; I watched their documentary in 2005 or 2006; today, Invisible Children has grown into a non-profit organization that has been working hard to get the US and world governments to do something about the terrorist Joseph Kony’s reign via his “Lord’s Resistance Army.”  The LRA has been terrorizing Central Africa for 20 years, but these three young Americans almost singlehandedly brought the world’s attention on him, and the LRA’s power has been weakened significantly. You can track information about what is going on with this at another Invisible Children website.

Sometimes I wish I could go somewhere that far away and do something that big. Africa has been on my mind lately for a few reasons. . . our church is going to use one week’s worth of offering to build a water well in an African country, and I know a missionary couple working in Uganda who I’d love to visit. And, I’ve always dreamed about writing a book about Dr. Eva Gilger, a missionary woman from my hometown who spent 50 (FIFTY) years in Kenya, caring for orphans and starting a girls’ school.

Maybe I need to start planning a trip!

Done.

I didn’t renew my subscription to the online dating site. Maybe I’ll try it again sometime, but for now I’m just done.

It is a bit time consuming (probably just because I’m one of those people who like to get my money’s worth, so I make full ((too much?)) use of it). Mostly, though, three months was more than enough for me. I actually did meet several quality guys and we emailed or chatted online. One of them I met in person, twice. He is fantastic, but I’m not sure we’re going to go anywhere. Time will tell. Maybe I’ll tell the whole story sometime. :) I have lots of tips for anyone thinking they want to try online dating, but I won’t pontificate about them here (I’ve used that word entirely too much today). For now, a few things that bug me about online dating:

  • Winking smilies. I now seem to use them in e-mails all the time, whereas before they were reserved for only very sarcastic lines. Ugh. It’s so girly of me. ;)
  • Guys who don’t fill out the short answer questions. The site I was using gives you a seven-day trial. How hard is it to tell at least a few sentences about yourself, even if you’re not going to pay for the service?
  • People who don’t post photos. Duh. It’s a DATING site! How can you not post a photo of yourself?

And, since I don’t want to be negative Nancy–a few things I really liked about online dating:

  • The people who were really real on their profiles. They honestly and frankly described themselves, even some of their negative traits.
  • The many types of people I came across. Some of them were a bit quirky, which made me laugh; others were very successful and driven, which made me think, “How in the world is this person not married yet?”; still, others had come from very different cultures and backgrounds. I guess, since I love people anyway, I find this type of thing very interesting.
  • The shared element of Christian faith (I used a distinctly Christian-owned site) encouraged me quite a bit. I haven’t encountered a whole lot of single men around my age who actually care about going to church, serving others, and loving God.

I think I’ve learned a few things about myself through this experience, too. It has been good. As I said before, I don’t know why I didn’t try this out sooner! :)