by Karl Faase
It seems to be an Australian pastime to focus on those who have more than we do.
We spend much of our time wanting the lifestyle of those we see as rich. Whether that is their salaries, the houses they live in, where they travel to or their cars and boats.
This might seem quite normal. But it is odd when you consider the average Australian has more wealth and has a more prosperous lifestyle than 80% of the world's population. The fact that Australians have health care, education, a police force, and a welfare system makes us incredibly wealthy. We enjoy a lifestyle that most of the world only dream about. So why do we focus on what we don't have?
It's partly because we are looking for external possessions to overcome internal dissatisfaction. A relationship with God can fill that gap. Jesus said "... a person's life does not consist of the abundance of his possessions".
Jesus also said He had come to give us life to the full. Perhaps if we looked at the majority across the world who are not as comfortable as us, we would be more thankful for what we have and willing to help those in need. •