What does it mean to be wealthy? I'm not talking about metaphysical types of "wealth," though I'm sure we could all think of ways that the love of friends and family makes us "wealthy." No, I'm talking about traditional wealth--having more than enough money, stuff, and provision.
I went to a class at church last night, and we watched a DVD of Beth Moore, a speaker. She read from a book by Phillip Yancey. While I don't have the exact quote, Yancey said something like this:
If you are reading this, you are wealthy. Just having the money to buy a book and the ability to read it puts you ahead of most other people in the world.
Most of us don't feel wealthy. We may think that those who make quite a bit more money than we do are wealthy, but we are often hesitant to put ourselves in that category.
But you're reading this. On a computer. That means you have had enough education to learn to read, and you either have enough wealth to own computer, or you live in a prosperous enough society that you're provided with some sort of computer access--possibly free.
You may start to feel wealthy when you realize that "At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day."
You may start to feel wealthy when you realize that in the year 2000 almost a billion people were unable to read or sign their names.
You may start to feel wealthy when you realize that even if your net worth is negative and you're unemployed, you probably live in a country where someone will provide you with enough food to keep you alive. Yet in our world 25,000 children die due to poverty, every day.
(Above statistics & quote were found here.)
We're wealthy. What should we do with our newfound wealth?
I'm not sure I know the answer to that question. What do you think?