Andrew Jones writes:

So apparently rich people are all nutrition experts and fitness gurus . . . while the poor, God bless ‘em, are lazy couch potatoes who spend their days munching salty chips in front of reality TV shows.

Andrew takes issue with a recent post on Dave Ramsey’s blog that lists 20 Things the Rich Do Everyday (the post has also recently been updated after a lot of backlash).

Andrew writes:

…there is a growing number of people, including myself and my family, who have become downwardly mobile to the point of voluntary poverty in order to make a difference among the global poor from the inside out. We live mostly in the first world but we live in solidarity with the one billion people on the planet who struggle like we do to make a living. We could go back anytime to our middle class existence – me as a Christian pastor and my wife as a Registered Nurse, but we would rather be missionaries who live incarnationally among the poor and are part of the solution for one of our world’s greatest challenges. There is a wonderful blessing that we have the privilege of taking from “Brother Poverty” and a theology that arises from it.

And just to top it off he also adds:

63% of rich people who recommend poor people read audio books are getting rich by selling audio books to poor people.

I thought Andrew’s post was a great insight into not only his family’s chosen values of voluntary downward-mobility but how so often we confuse success and wealth as something of great status to be achieved. While making money and being wealthy isn’t itself evil, living in poverty also isn’t the end of the world and can’t always be simplified to someone simply making poor choices in their life.

As Andrew talked about working in the vineyard all day I was reminded of a TED Talk by Mike Rowe on how some of the happiest people he knows are people who collect garbage and do the dirty jobs that no one else wants to touch.

It’s worth the watch after reading Andrew’s thoughts.