I was reading a status update on Facebook and the person announced their total income for the year. What I want to know is how do people survive in the U.S. on so little. It's incredible to me that someone can budget on so little these days because the cost of living just goes up the longer we're Ina recession.
Taxes are increasing everywhere...well, not Idaho because their silly governor won't even consider raising taxes. It's only cut cut cut. Even though Idaho is one of the highest taxed states in the states.
Seeing that update reminded me of a few things 1) money is just money. It doesn't make up for holes in your heart or your deficiencies. 2) you can be extremely happy and joyful with little in your pocket. 3) God is in control no matter how big or little your income is. 4) We are all called to care for the widow and the orphan. AKA anyone who is less fortunate. 5) even I need to get off my high horse/soap box and do more because I have more to give. Not lose, give.
It is still shocking to me that a person living in the states might only make 12,000 in a single year. Isn't that well below the poverty line?
Just some food for thought as I do my taxes too. What could I be doing differently this coming year with my finances. I need to get started so I can start giving more to the things I care about. That God calls me to care about.