When This Season Stresses You Out...Here's Something To Think About...

If we could shrink the earth's population to precisely 100 people, and maintain current existing human ratios, This is how our world would look:

There would be: (remember this is if the entire world population was shrunk down to 100 people)

57 Asians
21 Europeans

14 from the Western Hemisphere,both north and south
8 would be Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

30 would be white
70 would be non-white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the USA.

80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition

1 would be near death
1 would be near birth

1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 (yes, only1) would own computer.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, we realize the need for acceptance, understanding and education.

So therefore . . .

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can read this message you are more blessed than the over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

As you read this you can look at it two ways.

One, you realize how lucky, blessed and fortunate you are, and appreciate everything in your life (And you are fortunate just for the fact that you have access to a computer).

Two, you can read it and feel compassion for those who live in fear, poverty and sickness. My hope is that everyone can feel both.

Lots of times when something bad happens or we hear something like this we say "Why can't somebody do something?" I challenge you to turn that question on yourself and ask "What can I do to help?"

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