The Right Perspective


By Ron Hindbaugh M.A.


Sometimes as parents we wish that we could do more or provide more for our children. As a result we get caught in the silly trap of thinking that our children deserve different parents.

Putting things in perspective sometimes helps. Here are a few statistics that may help us rethink what we in America/Coldwater are able to provide for our children. I received this article from a friend over the e-mail. It was entitled Something to Think About.

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 would be:

        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

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, we realize the need for acceptance, understanding and education. And, 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 worlds 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 and are reminded how life is in the rest of the world, remember just how blessed we really are!

Take your kids and give them a hug and realize how much you really give them.