I’m a big fan of Mint.com–a service that lets you keep track of all your bank accounts, track spending, make budgets, etc. One of the things that they’re particular good at is graphics and charts, and generally making boring personal financial management cool with easy to understand pictures–hey, I like pictures. They’ve got a blog that makes cool info graphic charts of all kinds of things, including various trends. I’m a big fan of data–looking at the objective vs. the subjective. Early on in my professional life I had a boss who always hammered us to look at the data because it often tells a different truth than what you “think” or what you “feel.” I came to believe the truth of the gospel because I came to believe it was true when confronted with an overwhelming amount of data I couldn’t disprove but didn’t want to believe. Thought today’s Mint.com chart on giving was interesting (except the good karma ref. at the end.)
“Those who earn less than $20,000 donate twice as much as those on avg. earning 100K as a % of total income.” – –
Mark 12:41-43 (New International Version)
The Widow’s Offering
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

budget planner – Mint.com