I’ve done lots of speaking regarding the chasm that exists between what we in the US consider an “average” income and what most people around the world experience. Even the poorest people in the western world (N. America, Europe) are uber-rich in comparison to 90% of the rest of the world.
Just to check yourself, go to the Global Rich List site and enter in your income.
My pastoral compensation – including salary, housing allowance, benefits and retirement – puts me within the top 1% of worldwide wage earners.
We are indeed blessed with material wealth. And to those whom much has been given, much is required. Consider investing even a small amount in a micro-credit program such as Kiva – giving the chance for the poorest people in our world to establish businesses that will help them live sustainable lives.