For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen. - Romans 11:36
One of the many lessons I learned in youth group as a young teen was the importance of tithing. At home, my parents were diligent at teaching us to tithe. For years, I went through the motions of tithing without fully understanding the Biblical depth of giving. I gave 10% every week in church as the basket was passed down the row, but rarely did I do it with joy. Sometimes, I didn’t even give 10% because I wanted to put it towards the new pair of jeans I was saving for.
It wasn’t until years later when I attended cosmetology school at The Paul Mitchell Academy, that the concept of giving (in all areas of my life) truly began to resonate with me. Though it wasn’t a culture with a foundation of faith, it was definitely one of giving and paying it forward. I was able to see firsthand the impact of my giving. The joy I experienced from this was greater than words could describe. During that time, whenever I would read scripture in relation to giving, I was able to understand in ways I never did before. I went from being a teenager with clenched fists that looked at the giving of my resources as a chore to a young adult who understood the source of her supply. Once I truly understood that everything I had came from God, I realized it wasn’t meant for me to keep, but rather for me to give back to others so that I could bring my Father glory. This is when I became passionate about giving of my time, attention, talents, and finances.
We live in a time where it’s easy to become distracted and addicted to the upgrades available to us and our yearnings because we’re so busy trying to have and do things better than what she has/does. For me personally, I have to do a self-check daily to make sure I’m not comparing myself and what I have to what others have. Because when I start comparing, I lose sight of the truth found in the Bible and begin living to bring myself glory rather than God.
Be fully content knowing that the very God who created you will always give you exactly what you need, when you need it. On the days you don’t feel like you have a single ounce to give, lean further into Papa. He is the source of your supply and will always exceed your expectations.
1. What are the areas in your life that God is calling you to do an inventory of, and which of those areas are overflowing that you can share with someone else?
2. In what ways do you find yourself comparing what you have to what others have? Begin asking God to help you in those areas.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your constant and overflowing provisions. Thank You for knowing what I need before I need it and giving me more than I deserve. Lord, I ask that You help me to put You first in every area of my life so that I may bring You glory and honor in the way that I live and give. In Your precious name, Amen.