I asked him gently why he didn't tithe, knowing he had one financial trial and setback after another.
"What's the longest you tithed at one time?" I asked, confused about his answer. I had ALWAYS seen God come through. Did He sometimes not come through?
"Two months is the longest I ever tithed," he said firmly.
I was stunned. Two months? That's hardly any time at all.
Financial Training In My Childhood
When I was a little girl, my grandparents sent me two checks at Christmas and my birthday. The first went to my savings account, the second was to spend with joy. Yes, there were strings attached to the gifts and direction from the giver of the gifts. At the time, I did not like the idea of putting such a large chunk of money away in the bank. However, as my savings account began to grow, it was more fun to put money into the bank.
My parents gave me an allowance each week and part was to go into the offering plate at church. Usually, it was one-third of the total amount. I remember as a young girl getting $1.50 each week and 50 cents was to go into the offering plate. This was not easy to give away a third of "my money." Again, the giver of the money was dictating how the money was to be used.
Looking back I'm so thankful for both of these scenarios in my life because they prepared me to tithe with joy and consistency.
God is Like My Grandparents