In May 2015 the average unemployment rate in the United States was recorded as 5.5%.  This sounds pretty good.  But, there is a catch, and, actually, more than one.  The unemployment statistics don’t take into account those who have never filed for unemployment, or those who have given up trying to find a job.  It also doesn’t tell us how many of those who were employed (94.5%) were temporary workers, teenagers with summer jobs, etc…  In short, it doesn’t tell us the whole story.

But, that is not what I want to discuss here.  There is something hidden in the 5.5% that dramatically changes how we perceive information.  You see, if you happen to be one of the ones who are unemployed the number is 100% as far as you are concerned.  If you are employed then the number 5.5% seems reasonable.  In other words, it gets personal when you are involved, otherwise it’s just a number.

Let me give you an illustration.  Every time you go to Wal-Mart you see the same greeter.  A tired old woman, who can barely move.  She looks like she should be somewhere else, maybe a rest home somewhere.  But, through some strange set of circumstances (and they do happen), you went through and found out, surprise, this woman is not an unknown woman, but a long-lost sister you never knew you had.  So, you go to the Wal-Mart and go through the same routine, by waving gamely at the tired old woman.  No, I don’t think so.  It has now become ‘personal’ and by it being personal there is a difference.  Things change.  People change.  Situations change.  All because something has become personal.

In 2015 there were 16 US soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan.  Not bad, considering that the number was 499 in 2010 just 5 years ago.  That is, not bad, if you didn’t know one of the 16 killed.  Or, if one of the 16 was not your father, your brother, your son, your husband.  So, even if the numbers look good, if it affects you personally you can throw out all the statistics.

Now why would I write this posting?  To bring up an important point, maybe more than one.  Number one, we as human beings, can get numb to statistics and numbers, especially as they don’t relate to us personally.  Number two, God doesn’t play statistics or numbers.  Every individual is personal to Him.  Every individual counts.  There are no important individuals and unimportant individuals with Him.  They are all important.

One Response to “Statistics”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    I loved this blog! You are dead on with this! It’s when it becomes personal that it matters. I’m glad we are not just a statistic to the Lord. As always….thanks!

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