I’ve not secretly hit The Times rich list, and the way I’m going I’m not likely to hit it either! However I was absolutely shocked to find out my wage puts me within the top 1% on the global rich list. Top 1%, that is staggering.
Here are some stats from the World Bank Development Research Group;
3 billion people in this world get by on less than $2 a day
1.3 billion on less than $1 a day
70% of those 1.3 billion are women.
How do those facts make you feel? Overwhelmed, disconnected, helpless, frustrated, maybe even angry? The problem I find is how to make it real in my life. How do I understand and how can I make a difference. It’s too easy to sit back and let the status quo tick over. Doing nothing can’t be an option.
So I took the ‘Live Below The Line Challenge’. Five days living on £1 a day for food & drink. It took a lot of planning, and even more self control. Porridge, rice, pasta and lentil dhal became staples for me. It was suitably difficult and really made me consider how fortunate me & my family are for being in that top 1%. The planning made life more difficult, the lack of flexibility, even tea & coffee became absolute treats.
You may say this is a stunt, not making any change at all. Well we raised a little money for Christian Aid, but beyond that I have physically experienced that I am privileged. I need to be so thankful for all I have here, need to be a better steward with what I have & do as much as I can to support those not so fortunate to be given all the opportunity I have. It has made me sit up and take notice.
Especially as Christians I think sitting back and doing nothing is not good enough. I admit it is tough in this day and age of constant information bombardment. A world full of need. I encourage you to pick one thing and make a change, do a little and it might just make a huge difference.
So if it’s only 5 mins on an internet game, make it this one & get some food to those who need it FreeRice (see if you can beat level 20!)
Or a bigger challenge, have a go at the Live Below The Line Challenge. I have found it life changing.