I posted a while back about some ways that I fall short as a Christian. Simple things that just need to be fixed. One of them was failing to tithe. And it has been bothering me ever since. The issue was brought to a head recently as our church did a series on going beyond your comfort zone and trusting God.
My thought was this. I want to tithe. I think, most months, we would be able to pull it off. But there would be months that we just don’t have it. Can we commit to that? I have friends who have tithed through months of unemployment. Here I am claiming that it’s impossible for me to tithe. The other issue is debt. We’re buried in debt. Some of it is pretty dumb debt. Regardless, it interferes with our ability to tithe. Without the debt, tithing would be no problem. So we basically pre-spent our tithe for years and now we have to dig out.
Those are the excuses. What was the REAL issue with tithing? I thought the problem was my wife. We had never really gone into detail on it because the conversation went sideways pretty quickly whenever it came up. Not sure why. But for whatever reason, I was under the very clear impression that my wife had no interest in doing a full tithe. And that she’d be mad if I brought it up.
So the issue finally came to a head (peacefully) and instead of getting into whether we should tithe or not, I just asked her what amount she would be willing to give. That amount is about $13.00 a month short of a full tithe for us. Are you kidding me?!?
Literally, for years, I’ve avoided this subject. If I were to be completely honest with myself, I would have to say that I probably didn’t have a genuine desire to tithe and just used this invented argument as a means to blame it on someone else.
Bottom line: We’re in. Deep end. No life jacket. We’re tithing. So…. now I suppose I should go back and read the rest of that list of dumb mistakes I’m making and pick another…
What is holding you back from doing something that you just know you should be doing? Maybe it’s tithing, maybe it’s getting out of debt, maybe it’s finally picking up the phone and calling your dad after all these years.
Challenge yourself: Is it really as impossible as you have convinced yourself?
We were built to be heroes.
It’s about time we started acting like heroes.
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