Before giving his sermon on the importance of tithing, our minister, Steve Hundley, got our attention this morning with this story:
“A bus load of seniors from New York City were about to embark at a mink farm. The driver/tour guide asked, ‘Before we go out to see the minks, does anyone have any questions?’
“A little old lady dressed to the hilt with fine jewels and a mink coat asked, ‘How often do you skin those mink?’
“With a wry smile, the guide responded, ‘Once a year, whether they need it or not!’
Using that as a segue, Rev. Steve launched into his sermon on tithing, and I began my usual poetic note taking.
How often do you skin a mink?
Once a year whether they need it or not.
And how often do I preach on tithing?
Once a year whether you need it or not.
How much should I give regularly?
To Tithe means a tenth… that’s the gift.
It’s important to give a portion regularly;
Then it’s not a question – causing no rift.
Priority giving and venturing in faith
Are two important principles to know;
But humility in regular giving
Is stewardship with an inner glow.
Giving is our way of saying thanks
To our God for our many gifts.
If we give with a heart of gratefulness,
We find that giving gives generous lifts.
How often do I need to tithe?
Once a week whether I need it or not.
How often do I give to the Lord?
Regularly… from my heart with all I’ve got!