One of the first things I cut from my budget was my tithing.
I was strapped.
God would understand.
I would make up for it when I made more money.
This is what I told myself. After all, I was doing the best I can after having to leave my home with three very young kids and a half hour to pack. My family and our survival was top priority. It was solely my responsibility to feed them, clothe them and put a roof over their head.
I have to admit, I did find relief in not tithing, but it didn’t last long. Although my financial situation wasn’t getting any better, I did feel like I was slacking in my duty to tithe.
It was around this time that I read Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze. In it she mentions about tithing and how you should not wait until you are rich to tithe. It was best to get into the habit of tithing, even if you do not make a lot of money. If you weren’t willing to tithe when you had very little money, you would not be willing tithe when you had more money.
This really hit home because I always that that money and alcohol made you more of who you already are. If you are not a giver, money is not going to make you one. Alcohol… that is another story for another day.
Another thought I had on tithing was your time. We are all given 24 hours in a day. Why not tithe my time?
If I were going to tithe 2.4 hours of my day, how would I do it?
What treasures do I have to tithe?
What talents do I have to tithe?
The Widow’s Offering
Luke 21: As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
What will I tithe today?
How much time am I willing to tithe today?
What excuses am using for not tithing?