Below is a chart of US annual income figures and where that income level rests on the global scale of income.
- $1,000 - TOP 44.1% richest people in the world!
- $5,000 - TOP 14.39% richest people in the world!
- $10,000 - TOP 13.31% richest people in the world!
- $20,000 - TOP 11.16% richest people in the world!
- $30,000 - TOP 7.16% richest people in the world!
- $40,000 - TOP 3.17% richest people in the world!
- $50,000 - TOP .98% richest people in the world!
- $75,000 - TOP .82% richest people in the world!
- $100,000 - TOP .66% richest people in the world!
- $250,000 (and up) - TOP .001% richest people in the world!
But, I digress.
Do college students make some sacrifices. I would say yes. Yet, it is more the lack of sacrifice that most Americans have had to endure, rather than the true lack of money that is what causes the attitude of "poverty". I work for the Catholic Church. I don't make a lot of money compared to the average person in a similar position in the secular world. But, I do not call myself poor, because I am not. I am able to comfortably provide for my family and myself. We live in a nice house, we eat well and we have good clothes. Money is tight sometimes, but I am ashamed when I say things like "I am broke". Because I haven't missed a meal because of a lack of food ever in my life.
So, I thought I would count up some of my blessing and I invite everyone else to do the same.
- I know Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, personally.
- I have the fullness of the grace and truth of Christ offered to me through the Catholic Church.
- I have a wonderful family.
- I have my health.
- I have a great job.
- I have had a great education.
- I have great friends.
- I can read, walk, see, hear, think, etc.
- I can worship how I like.
- I can post my opinion on the internet unlike others who are restricted by their government.
- I can vote.
I am BLESSED.
An attitude change that can help is to foster the attitude of abundance vs. the attitude of poverty.
If you want to develop this kind of attitude, then do a few things.
- Ask God to give you this grace.
- Stop complaining about what you don't have.
- Start appreciating more what you do have.
- Live off of a budget.
- Start tithing something until you can tithe 10% at some point later.
That is, if you want to realize you are already very rich.