Bella Vista Church of Christ





The World In A Fishbowl


  Last week, brother Harold Phillips sent me an email with statistics that I found interesting, even humbling. Allow me to share them with you:

"If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of one-hundred people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village wild consist of 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans (North, Central, and South), and 8 Africans.


  "There would be: 52 Women and 48 Men, 30 Caucasians, and 70 Non-Caucasians, 30 Christians, and 70 Non-Christians, 89 Heterosexuals, and 11 Homosexuals. Six people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA; Eight would live in poverty, seventy would be illiterate and fifty would suffer from hunger and malnutrition; One would be dying, one would be being born, one would own a computer, and one would have a university degree.


  "If we looked at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding of others, all others would be obvious. But, consider again the following: "If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people who won't live through the week. If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you're better off than 500 million people. If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billiion people.


  "If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world's poplulation. If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet, and a few coins in your purse, you are one of eight of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.


  "If your parents are still alive and still married, you're a rare individual. If someone sent you this message, you're extremely lucky, because someone is thinking of you and because you don't comprise one of those two billion people who can't read. And so... Count your blessings. Help the poor. Work like you don't need the money. Love like nobody has ever hurt you. Dance like nobody is watching. Sing like nobody is listening. Live as if this was paradise on Earth. Share this message with your friends. Bypass those who are determined to see only the worst in the world no matter what. And have a nice day!"


  Let me suggest we read this again with the idea of: What it might be saying to us as Children of God? Do we Care-Less about others? Are we Arrogant? Humble? Living within God's Will? What application might we make from this interesting information?