I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said that, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Whenever I think of this quote, the subject of statistics comes to mind.
People use statistics for different reasons. Someone has said that, “Figures don’t lie. But all liars figure,” and I think it was Vin Scully who said, “Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.”
Some statistics are profound and purposeful, while others are simple and of little value. I’ll let you be the judge as to the value of the list below:
- Studies show that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the population.
- More than 10 people a year are killed by a vending machine.
- The most children born to one woman was 69, she was a peasant who lived a 40 year life, in which she had 16 twins, 7 triplets, and 4 quadruplets.
- During the first year of its life, a new baby will deprive each of its parents around 350-400 hours of sleep.
- The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.
I think this second list contains some statistics that are truly worthy of your attention:
- 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa
- According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34.
- Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths in children under the age of 5 is due to a water-related disease.
- 1 in 9 people worldwide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.
When I washed my truck today, I wasn’t thinking of the few people who die because of a vending machine. I did, however, wonder about what I should do to help the 283,710,000 people in Sub-Saharan Africa who don’t have access to clean and safe water.
I also thought of something else. It was the discussion that Jesus had with a woman who was drawing water from a well. In His typical fashion, Jesus used a common site and a traditional practice to teach a spiritual truth: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:13-14).”
Based on what Jesus said, 100% of all people need to look to Him for salvation (John 14:6). Take a close look at Him; study Him intently, and drink the cup of salvation that He offers you.