I’m going to try my best to put this into words, but I’m not sure it will ever come across in the same way that it feels in my heart.
This is a post that’s been on my mind for a while now. Even though I don’t often get into things like religion, politics, etc. I want to talk about tithing.
Let’s Talk Tithing
Tithing is something that I’ve long wanted to do. Not necessarily for religious reasons, but because giving back makes my heart feel so happy.
Giving to others doesn’t need to have any recognition in order to make you feel good and I’m really not trying to draw attention to the small amount of things I’ve done to give back. Instead, I want to try and share how it feels for me to finally be able to give back with more than just my time.
When I was deep in debt, I still made a tiny place in my budget for giving (AKA tithing). Although typically this is supposed to be 10% of your income and to be paid toward a religious organization, I don’t restrict myself to that.
Why I Don’t Follow Traditional Tithing Guidelines
When I first started, I couldn’t afford to give 10% of my income for charitable causes because I was in so much debt. Instead, I gave what I could financially and also found other ways to give back to causes that were important to me.
Now that my earnings have increased substantially and my debt has decreased significantly, I can afford to be a bit more giving with my money.
Sure, I still have debt to pay off, savings that need to be built up, etc. but being giving with my money is important to me.
In fact, another reason why I don’t really follow the “guidelines” of tithing is because I like to be able to give when I want to give and how much I want to give.
If you follow the guidelines of tithing to a T it can start to feel like an obligation rather than something that makes your heart happy. When that happens, I think the true point of tithing becomes lost.
How I Tithe
There are many ways that I choose to tithe and some of them still don’t always include the actual act of giving money.
I tithe by giving my time for school events and other organizations for youth.
I tithe by working with charity organizations as a freelance for a discounted rate. (I’m currently working with Hope of the Poor and it’s been so rewarding!)
I also tithe by picking up the tab and helping friends and acquaintances who are having a hard time making ends meet.
Those may not be the traditional ways of tithing, but to me there still things I enjoy to do to give back to others and enjoy some of my money.
The further I get along this journey, the more I expect that I’ll be able to do these unexpected acts of kindness for others. Along with all the other benefits of becoming financially stable and working toward financial freedom, this is the one I’m most excited about!