We are all subject to peer pressure whether we admit it or not. But when your peers are doing some questionable things its time to go against the grain. Here is a snapshot of our typical “normal” peer in America:
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, at least 8 million Americans are at least one month behind on their mortgage payments at this point.
Average household debt in the United States has now reached a level of 136% of average household income. In China, average household debt is only 17% of average household income.
Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today,one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.
The average US household credit card debt stands at $15,216
Average mortgage debt: $148,443
Average student loan debt: $32,054 (source)
Of all countries, the United States has the highest rate of obesity. From 13% obesity in 1962, to 35.7% in 2010 (source)
55 percent of all marriages result in divorce. (source)
Research indicates that people who live together prior to getting married are more likely to have marriages that end in divorce. ” The Boston Herald
The average American spends 2.7 hours a day watching TV (source)
“More than ever before, work dominates people’s lives in this country” -Joanne B. Ciulla,
One-third of children age 8 – 17 believe their parent has been always or often worried or stressed out about things during the past month.
If the average “normal” American is financially upside down, unhealthy, overworked, in a bad relationship and stressed out…then I don’t think being normal sounds so fun.
Craig Groschel wrote a book (I highly recommend) called “Weird because normal isn’t working” that states, “when people describe his family as weird, he finds comfort.” I couldn’t agree more.
The bible tells us: If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. John 15:19
“If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me first”.-Jesus
Living differently sometimes results in criticism. Going with the crowd can be so easy that being “weird” requires seeking correct guidance and it isn’t always the easiest route. I don’t want our family to be a statistic. I want us to be…well…weird.
I want to be so WEIRD I save up to buy things and delay gratification instead of buying on credit.
I want to such a WEIRDO that I could stand living with less if it means I can have less stress and more time with my family.
I want to be the WEIRD family that guards the media that comes into our home.
I want to be so WEIRD that I eat food whose ingredients I can pronounce.
I want so be so WEIRD that I take INTENTIONAL time with my husband so we can still be in love years after the, “I do.”
And I want so be criticized for saying NO to something good so I can say YES to something great.
What do you think about all this weird talk. Are you a weirdo too?