If you recall from my most recent net worth update, I planned on beginning my tithe to my parish this month. In fact, tithing was really high up on my financial goals (number 4 to be exact). Well, I finally began my weekly donations yesterday! For those who don’t know, to tithe means to pay one tenth (or 10%) of your income to an organization – usually a church or other religious organization.
|Four goals down!! Yay!!|
Now, you’re probably wondering why tithing is such a priority to me. Why isn’t paying off my student loans or my car loan more important than giving to my church? Why give 10% when I can spend that 10% on clothes, food, entertainment?
Well, for me, giving is the number one reason why I want to be rich.
I want to be rich because I want to make sure that my money is going to the right places. And for me, that’s my parish. I can go on and on about how my parish plays a huge part in who I am, but I’ll save that for another day 🙂 But for right now, I want to share why the act of giving – even if it’s not to a church – is so important and why we all should give.
Now, chances are that if you’re able to read this (whether on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device), you are blessed. You most likely have a roof over your head, you have a nice hot meal 3 times a day, and/or you might have a $20 bill in your wallet at the moment. Every day you wake up, have a nice hot shower, try to decide what to wear out of all the clothes in your closet, go to work to earn a living, and drive back home in your car. You may be in consumer debt, you might owe thousands on your student loans or car loans, and you might be underwater on your mortgage, but the truth is you’re getting by.
Many people in the U.S. and all around the world struggle to even eat one meal a day. They walk around with no shoes, trying to earn a decent wage, but get treated terribly at their places of work – if they even have a job.
The truth is I’m not a millionaire, not even close. And you most likely aren’t one, either. But whether you’re a fellow thousandaire, millionaire, or even billionaire, you have a whole lot more than the majority of people in this world.
Many people believe that money is power. And to all my Spiderman fans out there, I’m thinking of the famous quote from Uncle Ben, “with great power comes great responsibility“. We have power (money) and now we have a responsibility to each other, especially to those who don’t have access to the things we take for granted – running water, food, work, etc.
And to all my Jesus fans out there – the above saying is only a variation of His words “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:48)
So yes, I’m in tons of debt. Yes, my emergency fund is only at $1,000. But compared with many people all over the world, I’m blessed and I’m called to share what is my own. And so are you.