Here is a topic I have thought a lot about, are you POOR or BROKE?
When someone who lives in Southern California, drives a relatively nice car, clean clothes and a roof over their head, I say, they fell into a financial challenge and they are broke.
But, when you are living out of a car, a tent or card board boxes, and all you have ever know is hunger and need, I would say that is poor.
Not long ago, a gal I know referred to herself as POOR, and tried to put me in that group. I was not going to take it, I said, "We are not poor, we are financially challenged" Poor is not either of us and yes, I understand that it is just semantics, but there is also a culture that goes along with being poor.
I guess I was raised by a proud single mom who struggled at putting food on the table and she did a fine job at it. We were not poor during that time, we were financially challenged, Broke!
Yes, I am financially challenged, but I am not POOR. Right now, I am BROKE but due to my skill set, that will not last long. I am challenged but I know I will pull out of this. If I were POOR I would not expect to pull out of this, I would expect this to be an ongoing thing.. the struggle would be never ending.
I found these two definitions... You can see the destitute of being POOR. The language is different. Poverty under BROKE, but poverty stricken under POOR.
In today's economy, there are a lot of BROKE people, and yes, there are POOR as well, but my guess is that the BROKE were never POOR.
I pray for the POOR people of society, I see them everywhere. But for those of us who are BROKE, I pray wisdom on our choices and on our decisions with our future.
I do know BROKE to one person is not the same to another. But either way, I am grateful that I am not POOR, I am just financially challenged...working my way back from being BROKE. I know there are a bunch of us out there... Be thankful...