Ahem… Allow me to get a little religious on you, in hopes that it will inspire those who have struggled with this:
One of my resolutions this year was to be better about tithing; something I’ve sucked at all my life.
I definitely believe in tithing and was raised in a family that gave, but I never knew the importance of giving a full tenth (or more) of your income. We did it the casual way- a little money here, a little money there, a bit of cash in the tray every Sunday. ..
The hardest part about tithing is that YOU have to do it. I’m not a W-2 employee, so I don’t get the luxury of having my check divi’d up for me. THOSE people are some lucky ducks! They don’t have to think about insurance, taxes, retirement- it’s all set up for them! MAN… that’s cool. But then again, so is setting your own hours, running your own business and being the boss. 🙂
I have to do the tax thing, the retirement thing, etc on my own, so you’d think tithing would be easy. Not so much. It was a mental thing for me – giving up money I could clearly see in my account. Money that would pay off Crusty, Rusty and Fred in no time.
So, in January, I decided to step out on faith and go for it. I was more scared than skeptical, but when our pastor guaranteed results by stating “If your life isn’t better at the end of the year after tithing your income, I’ll refund your money,” I kind of ran out of excuses.
Still a little embarrassed that it got to that point. What a sissy I was! I’m being transparent and honest here. No bashing, guys!
We all know I’m an overachiever. So, rather than shooting for giving 10%, I decided I’d go for 11%, just to ensure that I did my part. And I won’t lie – when I stroked the first check, my better half looked down and said, “Does that say what I think it says?” Gulp. This was going to be tough.
It’s been almost 6 months and I’m still going strong! And…
My life is much better than it was this time last year. Business is absolutely amazing (funny, how I worried about dipping into my income), my Spiritual life is good, and my relationships are better. I’m getting to life’s gooey center and it’s fabulous! It doesn’t stick to my teeth like I thought it would.
So, I guess, while the money back guarantee worked to get me started, it won’t be needed anymore.