“Do you struggle with tithing? Why, or why not?
Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
It is interesting that we think of tithing as a struggle. The reason is that we have forgotten the natural way in which we are intended to live. Human conditioning, which is designed to make a mindset of lack and limitation, would have us believe that it is a sacrifice to give ten percent of our time, talent and treasure to anyone or anything.
The reality is that human beings are designed to give generously without any thought of return. On the deepest level of our being we know that the poet Gibran was speaking truthfully when he said, "to give is to live; to withhold is to perish."
The belief that we have less for ourselves when we give to others, like many other beliefs, has been deeply entrenched in our consciousness since a very early age. When we try to force our beliefs to change, we find ourselves in struggle. When we realize that our spiritual awakening is inevitable, and that it changes our beliefs in the right way at the right time, beliefs evolve with less discomfort.
When it is time to take on the practice of tithing, we know it. As we begin to truly recognize our oneness with all of life, we start to understand, as A Course in Miracles tells us, "all that I give is given to myself." This means, in part, that the only way to increase our awareness of the infinite abundance that surrounds us is to share what we have as generously as possible.
I never encourage anyone to force themselves to tithe of their time, talent or treasure. I just try to assure them of the results the practice brings once it is built into one's way of being.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister
I didn’t understand the concept of tithing until I took a 4T Prosperity Course and took a big leap of faith and started to tithe my time, talents, and treasures. The very act of tithing completely changed my life. I understood that it was all about putting God first. Beginning my day in prayer and meditation was the easy part. That felt really good. Then I began to serve. I served in creating retreats and leading the yoga classes. To my amazement, I loved teaching yoga and was asked to begin a class. Teaching yoga led to discover my life’s true purpose and eventually to become a Unity Minister.
When it came to tithing of my money I struggled and had to face many thoughts of ‘not enough.’ I did it anyway and can honestly say that I had a huge shift in consciousness. I now find that I struggle when I don’t tithe. Tithing is a constant reminder that I live and move and have my being in infinite divine substance.