“Time to Tithe” by Ann Webb

My brother-in-law was admitted to the hospital unexpectedly just under a month ago.  At that time, my sister was given two simple instructions that she needed to follow to stay strong through his illness.  According to the nursing staff, she needed to eat and to sleep.  Of course, there are necessary steps she needs to take to meet those priorities.  In order to eat, she needs to acquire food (prepared meals, restaurants, shopping/cooking).  In order to sleep well, she needs to limit caffeine, stop eating at a reasonable hour, turn off the TV, and go to bed.

According to Matthew (22:37, 39), there are two things I need to do in order to stay strong.  I need to love the Lord my God with all of my heart, all of my soul, and all of my mind, and I need to love my neighbor as myself.  Like my sister, I need to make choices.  Loving God means doing as HE commands despite my feelings and trusting HIM despite my fears.

We all struggle in different areas when it comes to following HIS direction.  As I have spent more time with HIM thanking HIM for all HE has forgiven me, I am able to forgive much more quickly.  As I have reviewed with HIM the many logs HE has taken out of my eyes, I am less aware of the splinters of others and more mindful that splinters, logs, and blinders are removed in HIS timing, not mine.  HIS tender care of me leaves me breathless, and HIS timing is awesome.

My heart’s desire to trust Jesus continues to grow every day. I have experienced HIS healing hand in my life, and, as a result, I am pretty quick to share my story and trust HIM with the outcome.  As my son has grown older I have had to trust HIM to carry and care for the both of us when we are not together.  I continue to seek ways to give Jesus control of my life, my direction, and my choices.

For some time now I have been waiting on HIM to make clear to me how HE would have me to go.  Today I have at least a partial answer.  HE is calling me to tithe.  Not just my finances (although I have renewed my financial commitment).  He is calling me to tithe my time.  If I tithe on my “gross time” that would be 2.4 hours (2 hours 24 minutes).  Looking at “net time” that would be 1.6 hours (1 hour 24 minutes).  I am committing today to tithing 2.4 hours a day to CCF.  This will allow me focused time on the areas of ministry where I currently serve: updating children’s login, women’s mentoring ministry, and preparing for care group.  It will also allow me time to pray for the families I check in every Sunday, for the mentors and mentees, for the members of my care group, and for our church family and for HIS leading.

I invite you to hold me accountable, to ask me how it’s going, and ask that you would pray for me as I seek to honor HIS calling in this area.  1 Chronicles 29:11 says, “Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.  Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  I am holding this verse close as I seek to follow the two great commands by tithing my time.