I went to a small liberal arts college in Clinton, SC named Presbyterian College and majored in business administration with a concentration in accounting. I took every accounting and finance course that PC offered. My favorite class and my favorite teacher was investment analysis with Mr. Slammin Sammy Howell. Mr. Howell deemed us the accounting marines and we got loud and proud before every test. Every professor I had for an accounting or finance class emphasized one main point. If I was to take anything away from their classes it was to pay myself first and to let my money work for me. No matter what amount I could afford they wanted me to always pay myself first. It could be $10 every paycheck or $100 every paycheck, but they were very serious about investing in yourself. The message was ironic coming from professors at a school with the name of PRESBYTERIAN College. You would think that at a Christian college they would mention tithing, but they never did. I was “all in” to the message of paying myself first and I couldn’t wait to get out of school and get started. I was very interested and amazed at how compounding interest worked. I wanted to make as much money as I could and throw as much money as possible into a Roth IRA, 401k, and any other outside investments. The key to compounding interest is time and as a 21 year old senior I had all the time in the world. With that being said….
I have all this head knowledge on money and I have been constantly taught to save, save, save that God has never been a part of my financial life. The selfish side of me did not want to “give up” my “hard earned” money. I…was making this my life and putting a lot of pressure on myself as opposed to processing all these thoughts with God. Honestly, I think it was my selfish ways taking over and ultimately talking me out of tithing. I was wrapped up in the fact that it’s my money and I want to see it work for ME. I also think deep down that I wanted some notoriety for giving the money. If I had decided to tithe at this point…I would have been doing it for all the wrong reasons.
How am I giving my money up if it was never mine in the first place?
Why do I consider it “my” hard earned money if God blessed me with all the gifts I have and the situation I’m in to make it?
I now know that I am in a better place than the mindset that I carried a few months ago.
For the past year I have been bouncing between 2 or 3 different churches. In June, I setup my pay check to automatically take out 10% every time I got paid. This allows me to very easily track how much I need to be tithing. I told myself that once I find a good church and felt comfortable with giving my money then I would do it and do it ASAP. I was taking out 10% every paycheck, but I did not know where to give it. I prayed about the situation and talked with a lot of people about what they do to try and process it. It was not until the 5th of October that I finally made the commitment.
I have been attending the same church for about 4 months now and I plan to tithe EVERYTIME I get paid. My commitment with tithing is me letting go of control of my financial life and putting that control into God’s hands. I have to and ultimately do trust and know that He can do so much more with my money than I could ever do. God’s plan is always bigger and better than our own.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Living life against the flow!