06 Nov The Adventure of Giving
When I first started giving money to a church, I was single and living paycheck to paycheck. I was afraid to bring 10% (the tithe) because I didn’t think I could make it through the month, so I gave what I could give cheerfully. I understood that God didn’t NEED my money and that He wanted me to give cheerfully or not at all. (2 Corinthians 9:7) That choice established a habit of giving that has lasted for more than 30 years.
The adventure really started when I chose to increase to 10% of my income – the tithe. It was a stretch. I was still single and putting together full-time pay through three different consulting jobs. I also had a car payment by then. I took God at His word, that he would pour out blessings I couldn’t contain (Malachi 3:10) and risked bringing a full 10% of my gross income. At first, it was tough and I wasn’t always cheerful about it. I can’t explain exactly what happened, but my life was different – better. I had peace in tough times, I never had more month than money, and I met the love of my life during that time.
Not long after that habit was formed, I chose to give over and above – an offering – for something I was passionate about. From that point forward, giving has been a fun adventure in my life. My husband and I still bring the tithe and then give to most needs we become aware of and have fun determining how much God wants us to give. Yes, we sometimes delay getting a project done or buying something we want, but we have never run short on funds.
God’s blessings are multi-faceted and unpredictable. Isn’t that what an adventure really is? Join me on the adventure of tithing and giving and see what’s around the next corner.