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During this month, when we bring special emphasis to messages about poverty, maybe we should try a different approach. Instead of wondering why others are poor, perhaps we need to examine why many of us are not. Has God chosen to bless us in special ways? Have we worked harder or been more determined? Or were we born in a country and zip code that gave us so much more than we ever acknowledge? My own shift in understanding about poverty came when I finally understood why I am not poor—and how easily I could be.

Dale Hanson Bourke is the president of PDI, a marketing and communications firm, and author of The Skeptic's Guide to Global Poverty (InterVarsity Press). She can be followed on Twitter @DaleHBourke.

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