I’ve lived a blessed life.
Now, I know what you may be thinking. You may have read some of my story and seen some heartache and struggle in it and it probably doesn’t look like it was so blessed for quite a while. And you would be right – I’ve seen my fair share of struggles. But even through all the tough lessons I’ve been handed in my life, I never lost my faith. I don’t just believe, I KNOW, that God has never let go of my hand and has led me through it all. I say it all the time, God is always making moves and boy, did he make moves in my life, bringing me to a place I never imagined I could be.
So, yes, even though I’ve struggled in my life, I can still say, wholeheartedly that I live a blessed life. I believe that God has allowed me to prosper, not just for my own benefit but for the benefit of His people. Because the more I succeed, the more I grow my business and reap the reward of hard work and perseverance, the more I am able to give to others who may be struggling as I did.
You see, it’s the struggle I’ve experienced in my life – and the gratitude for being led through it – that sparked my passion for service to others. I understand what it feels like to have big dreams but not know how to get to them. And I have been blessed by the kindness of others that offered me a hand when I needed it most.
So I made a choice a long time ago to make my offerings to God’s people instead of in a collection basket at church. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t tithe at church or that there’s anything wrong with making an offering on Sunday mornings. You should do what you feel is right for you in your heart. But, for me, I’ve always heard God’s voice very clearly – I have been blessed and I should in turn bless others.
What does it look like to tithe to God’s people? For me, it’s about finding opportunities to provide for those in need which has manifested in a lot of different projects like the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry or and the Backpack Program, both of which you can read about here.
Of course, the way we tithe looks different for all of us. I have been incredibly blessed through my business to have the means to contribute to these projects, but God doesn’t care about the size of your service. God works in all things and through all people and tithing to His people is really just about opening your heart (and ears!) to those in need. It’s about paying attention and listening to those around you, making yourself open and available to offer a kind word or helping hand to someone who needs it.
If your heart is centered on doing God’s work, He will surely put people in your path for you to bless with whatever you have to give – it may be a coat on a chilly winter night, a home-cooked meal for someone who is struggling to make ends meet, or a kind word and a smile to someone who has been overlooked by the world. No matter what your offering is, if it is done in a spirit of service and love for God’s people, it is enough.
My prayer for you is that you not only are fully blessed by God this year, but that you are also given the opportunity to bless others as we are called to do.
If you know of someone in need that you would like a little help in blessing, please reach out and share their story with me – I would love to join you in tithing to the people in your own community!