If I were to rate myself on my level of generosity (with 10 as the highest), I’d give myself a seven. Nope, never a perfect score because I’m not a saint. I’m just human and I can be selfish on occasions. While I tend to be generous to family and friends, I normally hesitate helping other people especially if I don’t know them too well. (I’m actually more helpful to people online than offline.)
In my quest for financial freedom, my generosity is constantly tested. Should I give money to charity on a regular basis or keep it to myself so I could achieve my financial goals faster? I guess the answer to that question should depend on how much I’m willing to give. Some say it should be 10% of one’s income and they have a term for it — tithe. Tithing is a practice, or more like a way of life, that a lot of Christians have adopted as part of their faith. And I admire them for that because let’s be honest here, not everybody can do it or is willing to do so.
The hubby and I don’t do tithing. We just give money to charity through the church and some non-profit organizations. It’s in any amount that we feel like giving at the time. Sometimes, we also hand alms to street children and beggars, but that’s all. Maybe someday, when we’re emotionally and spiritually ready, we would practice tithing, too.
Right now, we’re just doing our best to be better persons (more loving and compassionate) and trying to be more determined than ever in achieving our financial goals so we’d be able to bless more people with our wealth. We’re not closing our doors to tithing because we also believe in the rationale behind it.