Hours in Time:
24 hrs/.day x 7 days/week = 168 hrs per week
168 hrs/wk x 52 wks/yr = 8736 hrs/yr or 728 hrs/month
Average hours doing:
Average hours in front of TV = 4 hrs/day = 28hrs/wk = 1456 hrs/yr
Average hours playing video games = 16 hrs/wk = 832 hrs/yr
Average hours working = 8.7 hrs/day = 60.9 hrs/wk = 3166.8 hrs/yr
Average hours of sleep = 6.7 hrs/night = 46.9 hrs/wk = 2438.8 hrs/yr
Average cable bill = $43.04 = $516.48/yr
Average credit card dept = $10,679 (2008)
Median Household income = $50,233
Average church service = 1.5 hrs/wk = 78 hrs/yr
If spend time in Bible study of 30 min/day = 3.5 hrs/wk = 182 hrs/yr
Combine study time & church attendance 182+78=260 hrs/yr
Now let’s compare percentages!
8736 hrs/year – 2438.8 hrs/year sleeping = 6297.2 hrs/yr awake
Using 6297.2 hrs awake and dividing the above numbers is:
Percentage in front of TV = 23.12 %
Percentage playing video games = 13.21 %
Percentage working = 50.29 %
Percentage sleeping = 35.88 %
Percentage seeking God (church & Bible Study) = 4.13 %
Average Tithe 2% = $1004.66/yr (2% x $50,233)
Cable bill percentage = 1.02% (= $512.38) of household income
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt 6:21; Luke 12:34)
Although these are just the current averages I was able to determine, and each one of us varies from these numbers in one way or another, I was forced to contemplate what these numbers, as well as my personal percentages, reveal about myself and the world around me.
There are many places were the Bible and Jesus talks about the heart and what is allowed in and what comes out of it. One such place is in Matthew 12:33-35:
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
The word used for ‘treasure’ in these verses is: thesaurus, which means ‘a deposit.’ The word used for ‘fruit’ when speaking about the good man or evil man has good or bad fruit is: karpos, which means: ‘fruit that has been plucked,’ or to be understood in our times, a ‘withdrawal.’
So it could be said that ‘A good man out of the good deposits in his heart brings forth good withdrawals, and an evil man out of the evil deposits brings forth evil withdrawals. For out of the surplus or overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.’
The ultimate question, then, is what does the numbers and percentages mentioned above reveal about what we are depositing through our minds and into our hearts? What does our nations rising crime rate, teen pregnancy rate, rape rate, drunk driving rate, (and the list goes on) reveal to us about what we are depositing and experiencing in the fruit or withdrawal of that deposit? These sad statistics are similar inside and outside the church.
As this scripture reveals, what we deposit in our hearts ultimately overflows out of our hearts and comes through our mouths and lives to not only reveal the condition of our hearts, but then determines if we are the ‘good’ or ‘evil’ men that this scripture is referring to.
So, what are you spending your percentages and deposits on, and what will that reveal about your fruit and withdrawals?
References for above info
TV info: “According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.” (http://www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html)
Video game info:
“Eighth graders lead the way in time spent playing games in both genders – boys average 23 hours a week and girls 12 hours.
College-age males are at the low end of the time-spent-playing scale averaging 16 hours a week while 11th grade girls spend the least amount of time playing video games at six hours a week.”
According to MSNBC.com, in 2005, the average cable bill every month was $43.04 per household.
The average outstanding credit card debt for households that have a credit card was $10,679 at the end of 2008. One year earlier, that average was $10,637. (Source: Nilson Report, April 2009)
“Real median household income in the United States climbed 1.3 percent between 2006 and 2007, reaching $50,233, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.” (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/012528.html)