Though somedays it doesn't feel like it. No we haven't won a couple of million dolllars in lotto. I was actually thinking about our lives here living in Australia. We are definately not the most wealthy family around and especially at the moment we are living on a fairly strict budget. Yet I do still consider ourselves most of the time as "rich".
Today I was reading a column in Wednesday's West Australian about the response of a few people to the baby bonus being means tested at $150k. The writer even though not agreeing with the complaints of people on higher incomes did make the point that at $150k you really shouldn't be considered rich. Oh my gosh, that's crazy! We are rich when we have immediate access to medical care for our children, we are rich when we have a car to use, when we don't have to be concerned with having food to eat (despite the rising cost of food and fuel), when we have laws in place that protect the vulnerable in society and that are re-enforced, when we don't have to pay brides to access basic services such as phone and electricity.
Our family's income is not even close to the cut off point and for some crazy reason we choose to live off 90% or less and give away the rest. We also choose to live off less than two full incomes so that I can be at home with Kalyani. In our society today that seems crazy! Our society says our value is determined by how much money we make and the materialistic lifestyle we live. But what is the point of all our money?
I am reminded of what Jesus said (Luke 12:15) "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."
and ... what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
May more people come to understand that God has given us the privilege of being stewards of His resources for the benefit of many. For those of you who are making crazy decisions of your own may you know God's strength and wisdom in that.