Tithing…time?

Tithing is something most of us are pretty familiar with. After payday, we write out a check to our church for approximately one-tenth of our income and drop in the offering plate. Simple enough. Maybe too simple. Perhaps giving God a tenth has become a ritual nearly devoid of meaning. And perhaps money is so abundant in our society that tithing is hardly a sacrifice. I mean, it still kind of is for me because I’m a poor college student dying for another ear piercing and a pair of purple converse that I can’t quite afford. But seriously…

What if we gave God something that was really important to us? More important than purple converse?

As money decreases in value in our society, the value of time increases. Where does it go? There’s hardly enough room on our calendars to write all our appointments and meetings and deadlines. We try to get together with old friends, but we just can’t find the time. We leave our beds unmade in the morning because we need that 10 seconds to brush our teeth before rushing to class or to work. It seems like our lives are consumed by a frantic whirlwind of activity.

But what if we tithed our time? There are 24 hours in a day. It seems unthinkable to dedicate 2 hours and 24 minutes every day to God. But didn’t he grace us with each moment? Can we really not afford to give back to him the life that he breathed into us? It sounds ridiculous. It sounds radical. I’m sitting here thinking, “There’s no way I can pull this off.”

But what if? What if, by some miracle, we managed to find 2 hours and 24 minutes a day to pray, to read God’s word, to dedicate it to memory, to journal our spiritual progress, to set aside some time to serve others? Can you even imagine how our lives would change? Can you imagine how we would change others’ lives?

Yet all too often, we can’t find five minutes to talk to God each morning. That’s 0.3% of our day. You get what I’m saying?

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