Perhaps more importantly, the Catholic church teaches that we should tithe because it's good for the person or family tithing.
Tithe And Tithing Offerings
Many, many spiritual writers and speakers discuss the positive effects of tithing on a person who commits to it. Many say the tithe has deeply improved their lives and opened up new peace: by seeing all as a gift from God, and opening up our hearts to a deeper and greater generosity, we can become a better version of ourselves, closer to who God made us to be.
We can know a freedom, which is a peaceful detachment from the desire to possess material goods. Many find then that this frees the soul to better know spiritual goods such prayer, faith, hope, charity , or to better know the love of God. Interested in reading more about a Catholic approach to thinking about personal financies, including the tithe?
This is available on Amazon or through other booksellers. My sneakers had gaping holes in them, Ray was wearing undershirts that were a size too small from years worth of shrinkage, our kitchen table and bedroom furniture were literally falling apart, and even mildly superfluous purchases had come to a painstaking halt. Those automatic e-giving withdrawals from the Church every month sometimes seemed like a big hit to our already tight finances, but it was a hit we needed to take, to remind us that we were the leaders and money was the servant—and not the other way around.
It was amazing to see how he heaped blessings on us as we sought to put him first. Even Jesus talked a lot about money in the gospels, knowing how susceptible we are to becoming attached to it. But giving generously of talent and time are marks of strong leaders, too.
With so many things clamoring for our time and attention in the media-saturated, restless world we live in, sacrificing time to serve others is countercultural and it makes a powerful statement to those you serve, that they are worth your time.
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When I was in high school, I was a go-getter to my detriment, inundating my schedule with academic and extracurricular activities. A five-year-old girl sat at her desk looking eagerly at her teacher, waiting in ardent anticipation of her next coloring project. She pulled the cap off of the marker with her tiny fingers and then stopped abruptly.
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She looked over at the edge of her desk and something spectacular catches her eye: a purple marker. The little girl put the green marker down, grabbed the new, captivating purple marker and began to draw a dainty flower on her blank page.
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After what felt like an eternity of silence to the anxious little girl, the teacher finally spoke. God has some very specific talents he gave you as one of his spiritual leaders, and only you can use your gifts and talents perfectly.
When God gives one of his children a special gift, he intends that his child puts it to good use. Creativity in applying these gifts is fine, but obedience is essential. Chances are, you can think of an item in your home that is sitting on a shelf, wasting away because you fail to use it. The last thing we want to do is to subject our God-given gifts and talents to this same fate.
As strong spiritual leaders, we must take time to discover what gifts God has given us, and how he wants us to be using them, so that they do not get old, dusty, and helplessly ignored. God gives us all the tools we need to create His masterpieces.
But he gives us all different colored markers. When God hands us our markers, we often foolishly try to draw him a whole picture.
God wants your piece of the bigger picture. Maybe you and your spouse are gifted at hospitality or administration.
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