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7 Billion People–A Problem? Or Opportunity?

According to the United Nations and many news reports, today is the day that we will officially have 7 billion people on the planet. I thought I remembered when the world population hit 4 billion, and with a little research, it appears I was right. According to the 2011 World Population Data Sheet, we reached…

  • 1 billion in around 1800 (it took all of human history to achieve it)
  • 2 billion in 1930 (130 years later)
  • 3 billion in 1960 (30 years later)
  • 4 billion in 1974 (14 years later…I was 7 years old)
  • 5 billion in 1987 (13 years later)
  • 6 billion in 1999 (12 years later)
  • 7 billion in 2011 (12 years later)
The U.N. has estimated a population of 9.3 billion by 2050, and there is expected to be more than 10 billion people on Earth by 2100.
Some people see the additional bodies as a problem. I think God sees them as more people to love. I’m confident He, who “determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name” (Psalm 147:4), can handle the population growth. I believe He has a plan for each of the 382,000 babies who will be born today. I’m glad to be a small part of that as I add value to each person who crosses my path today.
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Tim Stevens served as the executive pastor of Granger Community Church in Granger, IN, for twenty years before joining Vanderbloemen Search Group as the Director of the Executive Search Consultant Team where he helps churches and ministries around the world find their key staff. Tim has a passion for the local church and equipping leaders with practical advice and tools about church staffing and church leadership. He has co-authored three books with Tony Morgan, including Simply Strategic Stuff, Simply Strategic Volunteers, and Simply Strategic Growth, and authored three books of his own, including Fairness Is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles To Revolutionize Your Workplace. Connect with Tim at LeadingSmart.com.