If we could shrink the earth's
If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of
precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same,
it would look something like the following. There
14 from the Western Hemisphere,
both north and south
8 would be Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be 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 United States.
80 would live in substandard
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from
(ONE)1 would be near death;
(ONE)1 would be near birth;
(ONE)1 (yes, only 1) would have
a college education;
(ONE)1 (yes, only 1) would own
When one considers our world
from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and
education becomes glaringly apparent.
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 hold up your head with a
smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the
majority can, but most do not.
If you can read this message, you
are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at
As you read this and are reminded how life is in
the rest of the world, remember just how blessed you really are!