A few decades ago, I was experiencing a growing feeling that I should tithe. I’m sure it came about because of my increased gratitude toward God for what God had done for me. But how would I go from throwing a few dollars in the collection plate each week to giving 10% of my income? It seemed impossible. I thought, If I give 1 percent this year and increase my giving by 1 percent each year, in ten years I will be tithing. That was my plan. So, the first year I gave 1 percent. The next year when I was “scheduled” to give 2 percent, I thought, I can give 3 percent. The following year I thought, I want to increase my giving to 6 percent. In the fourth year, I took the plunge and gladly started giving 10 percent. What I originally thought would take ten years took only four years.
—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us.
—2 Corinthians 9:11 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, thank you for the power you have given us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to live as faithful disciples of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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