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Yesterday’s post from Kristen Walker on creative tithing started an awesome conversation. This subject pretty much sums up my background, my current passions, and my soapbox.
As many of you know, my degree is in religion. I have wrestled with the philosophy and theology of tithing in the past. What I really adore about Kristen’s concept of creative tithing – consciously spending money on handmade goods on a regular basis – is just how closely it can reflect the original purpose of tithing.
Tithing Gives Others Resources to Use
When you tithe part of your income – traditionally 10% – to the church, you provide the church with the money it needs to give back to the community, make things happen, provide services for the less fortunate. When you tithe part of your income to artists or makers, you do the same. Those artists survive – and thrive – to make another day. Your money has a direct impact in people’s lives.
Tithing is a Challenge
Consistently donating 10% of your pre-tax income (the way the modern church interprets it…) is quite a challenge! But as creative people, we like a good challenge. We like to feel the pressure to find new solutions and innovate solutions to the problems we’re faced with. Challenging yourself to see beyond your immediate needs and willing yourself to make a purchase of something others see as luxury is a constructive way to consider the money that you have.
Tithing is Really About Abundance
Beyond the immediate resources that tithing accommodates, tithing is really about creating abundance – wealth even – in your own life. It’s about realizing that 10% of your income is nothing, inconsequential. Forgettable.
Think you can’t live with 10% less? Take 10% off the top of your income and try. Get creative. What bills can you get rid of? What expenditures really aren’t necessary? You’ll begin to realize just how much you have. Now when you’re reinvesting that money – either in a church or in other things you value, like art & craft – you’ll begin to see it return. That giving spirit comes back to you, not just in feel good thoughts, but in actual returns. Give it a try with full conviction and just see if I’m wrong.
Of course, I’m not proposing that you spend 10% of your income on art & craft. Although, I would challenge you to purchase at least 10% of your goods from the handmade/independent maker community. But what I do want you to consider is just how expendable some of your income is. We get way too caught up on scarcity in our own lives.
Relax, put your money out there to do great things for great people, and watch it come back to you.
Check out more posts on mindful spending!