I’m reading a book. And it’s rocking my world. I’d heard the name Jen Hatmaker and her book 7 about a year ago, but never dove in. Until some of my friends and I started reading books together. And it began…..
My wonderful parents raised us to be thankful people who didn’t have a sense of entitlement. I can to this day almost hear their voices saying, “Compared to the rest of the world, we are rich.” And I always agreed with them! We didn’t live frivolously or aimlessly spend money, we ate many meals at home, had to choose whether we were going to take dance class OR play soccer, and overall I feel I could say my sisters and I are pretty wise with our money. It’s so easy to compare myself to others (the bane of my existence actually!) and often times it takes its form in me “noticing” others who have more than I do. As I look around in our American culture I can have those feelings of unfairness bubble up inside me when, for example, I compare my teacher salary with other people who I deem “work way less than I do.”
So I’m reading this book….and on page 3 Jen writes “How can I be socially responsible if unaware that I reside in the top percentage of wealth in the world? (You probably do too: Make $35,000 a year? Top 4 percent. $50,000? Top 1 percent.) Excess has impaired perspective in America.”
WHAT??? She is exactly right! With my current salary I am in the top 4 percent of the wealth in the world. Whhhhoooooooooaaaa. That number hit me like a ton of bricks. How could I have been so unaware. Top 4 percent???? Top 4 percent. 4?? I’m sorry….it’s still boggling my mind.
How do I process that? It definitely connects with what the Lord has been teaching me about thankfulness, but to a whole new level. Hmmmmm….I feel like I’m just warming up….ok Lord….what are you teaching me?? I’m sure there will be more to come on this….I’m only just starting her book.
Oh…PS…Jen Hatmaker…..hilARious. I literally laugh out loud about four times each time I read a section of her book. She reminds me of my friend Angie. There’s just nothing like a good laugh. Thank You God for laughter. 🙂