Tonight was different. Tonight I had my final Financial Peace University class and I was energized afterwards. Even sick as a dog, I was excited! The last session was a smack to the face and an abrupt change in my thinking.
See, all this time I've thought about how hard I work for my money. I'm worth more money. I need more money. I'll never make ends meet in this money.
And the reality is this:It ain't my money.
This is God's money, every penny. He has given me the responsibly to take care of his money for Him. 10% off the top for my church. Not "Christian related ministries," but for my church. Above that are offerings which are also good.
But bigger than the 10% is the fact wasteful spending of my money is wasteful spending of God's money.
God has a very specific plan concerning finances. This isn't a program that's taking a shot in the dark. It's very Biblical based and it's about following God's instructions.
And it isn't about hoarding the money you have, but becoming able to give it away. I am so wanting to hit that point - to be able to better impact others lives thanks to the Lord's blessing.
As Dave Ramsey put it, God is a giver. He gave us His only son. What could be a bigger gift than that? So we, who are made in His image, should be givers, too.
I hope if you are in a church, you are tithing. It's a direct instruction from God. It's the first item out of the paycheck. Don't skimp on this one. 10%.
And I hope you'll consider the Dave Ramsey class, to learn how to prioritize so you can give back some of what has been given to you.
With much love,