Aspiring to the median: resources
“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is
needed by others.” – Saint Augustine
“Acquire no more here than what is absolutely necessary. Instead of fields, buy for
yourselves people in distress in accordance with your means.” – Hermas
Many people are hungry not for bread only, but they are hungry for … love. Many people
are not only naked for want of a piece of cloth but they are naked for human dignity …
Homelessness is not only not having a home made of bricks but homelessness is being
rejected, unwanted, unloved, uncared for. People have forgotten what the human touch is,
what it is to smile, for somebody to smile at them, somebody to recognize them, somebody
to wish them well. – Mother Teresa
This page is dedicated to resources to help anyone who
wants to “aspire to the median” do so effectively. Let us know if there’s
anything else you think should be on here, and we’ll be happy to post it.
NOTE: We’re specifically looking for income statistics internationally – if you
know where we might find this information, please send us an e-mail!
If you’ve read “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, you probably understand our
motivation for giving this way. If you haven’t read it, here’s the bottom line:
We are motivated to selfless, radical giving because we are in love with Jesus. We want
to be consistent with what we believe.
We’re not giving to pay a debt to Jesus for his sacrifice on the cross (Philippians 2:6-11),
as if we ever could. It’s not just that we’re thankful for what he did, although we
certainly are. No, we’re just in love. And love is hard to explain. We realize that
by loving and “spending ourselves” on other people, we’re loving God himself
(Matthew 25:37-45, 1 John 3:16-20).
If you have questions about Jesus or our motivations, please send us an e-mail. We’re
happy to discuss this with you.
As we mentioned on the home page, the median US income is simply a convenient benchmark
– if you want to commit to a higher or lower number, that’s fine too. The point is that
we’re giving generously and joyfully. Here are some resources to help you find an
amount to aspire to: