Do you ever compare yourself to someone else? She's a better mom. He's got a better job. Their kids are better behaved. They have a better house, car, television, smartphone. She's got it all together. He's happier than I am. She's skinnier than me. I'm sure I'm the only one who ever makes those silent comparisons, right? Right. How about thinking other people are rich? Do you ever say, "Man I'm broke/ poor/ spent/ only tumbleweeds in the old bank account!"
Andy Stanley wants you to know that you are rich. He says that if you make more than $48,000/ year you are in the top 1% of wealthy people in the world! Top 1%! His goal isn't to teach you how to get rich quick or to shame you for what you have. Instead he believes that we are never taught as Christians how to be rich. He is simply seeking to bring light to what God's word tells us about our riches and how we are to be good stewards with those riches.
I started this study with my Sunday School class last week. We had a video snafu but were able to watch the first group session of How to Be Rich this morning. I really liked what he had to say. We've done other studies by Andy Stanley in the past and he has a great, straightforward way of just laying his message out there. He isn't beating around the bush or trying to impress you with his lofty vocabulary, he's just talking with you.
His premise in the first lesson is that comparison drives us a lot of the time. More than we'd like to admit. In the book he tells the story of the first diagnosis of anorexia. Anorexia began when women kept pulling their corsets tighter and tighter and tighter. In keeping up with Mrs. Jones (as he puts it) the women began really harming their bodies. Are we harming ourselves by trying to keep up with everyone around us? Likely so.
As our class fell into discussion this morning, it was troubling to us how soon our children fall into these same patterns of comparison. So let's start now and follow this study (there is also a book available for How to Be Rich) so we can set a better example for the next generation and how they should care for their riches.
I received a free copy of this bible study and guide for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.