Monday, September 25, 2006

All We Need

Rich or poor, God I want You more
Than anything that glitters in this world
Be my all, all consuming fire.
You can have all my hands can hold
My heart, mind, strength and soul,
Be my all, all consuming fire

Cause we have all we need in You
All we need is You
All we need is You

All We Need by Charlie Hall

The secret to a content life: Give as much as you can away. The more we hoard, the more we want and the more we want the less satisfied we are with what we have.

And the more we give away, the more the wealth is spread. Recently I went to the global rich list and entered in my last years income (that according to North American standards wasn't very much). According to their stats my income puts me in the top 41% of the richest people in the world! So where do you stand? Well...

-Someone who makes $30,000 CAN a year: top 8.9%
-Someone who makes $40,000 CAN a year: top 4.37%
-Someone who makes $50,000 CAN a year: top 1.78%

Those stats, along with scripture lead me to believe that spreading the wealth isn't only the responsibility of the 400 billionaires published on the recent Forbes list. We have all we need financially (living where we do) and spiritually (knowing who we know). We need to share the excess with those who don't. As another song from Charlie Hall says: "We could feed the whole world with the crumbs of our bread." And if the story of Jesus and the loaves of bread and the fish is any indication, when we give God everything we have, He will multiply it until every mouth and soul is fed.

"Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little." (Philippians 4:11-12)

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