class and stewardship

I’d always assumed that my family was upper middle class– we lived in nice neighborhoods, we always had more than one car growing up, we could afford to take piano lessons and tae kwon do– but according to this chart, we’d actually be lower middle class. But no matter.

Growing up, we’d have these ridiculous arguments with the other neighborhood “immigrant kids” about who was “poorer”– we all detested being labeled the “spoiled” kid on the block. So we’d come up with ways to present ourselves as “less spoiled”– i.e. “well my dad had to share one bowl of rice with 6 siblings” or “my parents don’t give me allowance, I have a job” or whatever.

Well, I’m glad I’m not that kid anymore. Because when we take a more global view, we realize how materially blessed we are indeed. Instead of being ashamed of wealth, we should instead seek to use it wisely, and to bless our brothers and sisters who have not been given much.

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
-Luke 12:48

One Response

  1. Good reflection. Envy always looks upward, forgetting those behind / below.

    pekkle - June 12th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

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