How I arrived at the conclusion that I still need to donate money even when I’m tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
Why I Still Donate Money Even Though I’m In Debt
Each month I donate around a couple hundred dollars to the church I attend. Some of you might be wondering why choose to donate so much debt. While this isn’t necessarily a faith based blog, my Christian faith does leech over into my writings from time to time. My Christian faith is something that is very important to me. In light of that, scattered throughout the Bible are various scriptures encouraging those of us of faith to tithe our money:
“Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3: 9-10
“If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also, and if the root is holy, the branches are too.” Romans 11:16
“Make an offering of ten percent, a tithe, of all the produce which grows in your fields year after year.” Deuteronomy 14:23.
The Concept Of Donating Money For Being Grateful
Okay, let me just say, I realize that, if I were to donate less money to my church, I’d have my debt paid off a lot sooner. Tithing isn’t about being able to pay off my debt sooner, however. Donating money is about something bigger. Tithing is a means of being thankful for what I am given and honoring God with what he has given me. Tithing is also an act of worship and obedience to God. Lastly, tithing represents faith that God will continue to bless me.
In addition to the spiritual aspect of donating money, there are also tax benefits. This can be true across the board for donating any sort of money. Working as a registered nurse doesn’t allow me very many tax write offs. I drive to work, I clock in, I work, and I clock out. As far as my job is concerned, there’s only so much that I can write off. Donating over a few thousand dollars to my church each year helps me out tremendously when it’s tax season.
Do You Still Donate Money Even Though You’re In Debt?
What about you? Do you still give thought to donating money even though you may be in debt? Please share.