Every year about this time my wife and I close out our financial records for the year. There are usually papers scattered all over and we are busy helping each other trying to get everything added up.

I always hold my breath to see if we have given what we have purposed or promised God we would give. It is our goal to give at least a tenth of our income. (Psalm 76:11).

Several years ago we were real busy and I didn’t watch our giving and when we totaled our giving we found out we had given very little that year. I felt so ashamed and I purposed in my heart I didn’t want that to happen again.

God has been so good to us and we want to thank Him and honor Him with our giving. We can rob God and He doesn’t like greediness toward Him, (Malachi 3:7-12). It can even be a way of thanking Him. We try to tithe to our local church, (Malachi 3:10) and we also give to other special needs, (Psalm 41:1).

We have given when it was difficult and we have given when we had extra and God blessed both.

Attitude plays an important part in our giving, (2 Corinthians 9:6-11). You can look at someone’s checkbooks and see where there heart is, (Matthew 6:19-21).

I hope my checkbook and heart are both in the right place.

See you in church next Sunday. Brother J

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