October 21, 2020
I'm happy to share this week's reflection, written by Lee Lawrence.
- Pastor Peter
Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
- Anna Bartlett Warner
Can Tithing Be A ‘Feel Good’ Thing?
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” This is a ‘feel good’ song that we learned as children. What else does the Bible tell us? It tells us the way to salvation. That’s what we learn as we get older. Another thing that makes us feel good.
From the Bible, we know that literally everything is a gift from God. He created the universe and everything in it, including eventually me. I would not be here and would not have the things I have if it were not for God’s gifts of life and all it has produced. Another ‘feel good.’
The Bible also tells us about tithing. Oh oh, that one does not make us feel so good —at least, not at first. It took me a long time to feel good about giving 10% back. It was not until I was in my early 60’s that I learned about the ‘feel good’ that comes from tithing. Most of us in our early years find that looking at that “Adjusted Gross Income” or even the “Taxable Income” line on the IRS form, and thinking about giving up 10% of that is just not possible. That’s where I was; that level of giving was just too much amid all our other expenditures.
But we gave it a try about 12 years ago, and it was amazing how it changed tithing to a ‘feel good’ lesson from the Bible. Good things, unexpected things, began to happen in our walk through life. Things that I never imagined, like returning to Crowley and having an opportunity to find happiness here in church and civic volunteerism — and so much more.
We’d be delighted to talk to any of our fellow church friends about this. Don’t feel you must apologize if you can’t give a full tithe right now. But begin giving back as much as you can. With the current challenges we face, our church needs your gifts more than ever. Please think about this and pray about it during this stewardship time.
Member of the Finance Committee