If I don't get a chance (courage) to bear my testimony today in church, then I just want everyone to know that I have a very stong testimony of the necessity to pay tithing. Personally, I can't afford not to pay my 10%.
When Ben started school and I quit working, we didn't pay tithing because we didn't have an income. Before that, we were always full tithe payers. Since starting my business, we haven't paid tithing. Not because we didn't want to, didn't have the money, or didn't have a testimony of tithing, but because we simply weren't sure at what point we had started to make a profit after all our start-up and monthly expenses. To pay tithing required that we sit down, look at our records and figure out what we have actually earned from the business. Neither of us have had the chance to do that. I guess we have procrastinated. We knew we would have to do this in January anyway when we got ready to file our taxes so we figured we'd just calculate it then.
Not a good idea.
In the last week, my car wouldn't start - needed a new battery. Ben got a flat tire. My dishwasher is making a funny sound and a melting wax smell wafts from it during the drying cycle, but dishes are coming out clean, so I have to call someone about that on Monday. Then today I walked into the laundry room only to step in a large puddle of water seeping from the washing machine. Arrgh!
That doesn't even include all the sicknesses we have had at my house in the last month. This morning after the puddle incident I looked at Ben, and in frustration I said, "Seriously, who did we tick off?" He laughed and said, "The tithing check is in my wallet." He had woken up early and looked at our records and estimated how much he thought we needed to pay. I guess if we need to pay more or less, we'll find out when we do our taxes.
Anyway, I do have a strong testimony of tithing and paying it promptly, whenever that is for you. I know we have procrastinated, and I feel strongly that we are having to learn our lesson about that. I know when we give back to the Lord, he blesses us for it, and when we don't, well...chaos ensues.