Charles Fillmore taught: “Tithing establishes a method in giving and brings into the consciousness a sense of order and fitness that will be manifested in one’s outer life and affairs as increased efficiency and greater prosperity.” (Prosperity p. 141). In Prosperity classes offered at UCSA, the principles behind this potent spiritual practice are addressed and students are encouraged to commit to tithing for a specific period of time in order to experience the rewards of greater joy, freedom, confidence, and security reported by tithers through the ages.
Tithing is a worthy aim. Although many people cite The Bible as the rationale for tithing as a spiritual law, the law is Giving and Receiving, aka The Law of Circulation. Eric Butterworth in his book, Spiritual Economics, says: “There is no magic in tithing whatsoever, any more than there is magic in the flow of water when the tap is turned on. There is no need for magic when one works diligently to keep in the flow of life.”
Aside from scriptural reasoning, what is the big deal about ten percent? Rev. Linda says: “For me, ten percent was big enough to notice! In other words, it was really significant and a healthy stretch which felt good. I felt giddy when my tithe amount increased because I was bringing in more income and able to be a bigger giver.”
Although we teach and encourage tithing, we trust each person’s unfolding determination about how much to invest in furtherance of UCSA’s vision and mission. No one will telephone you or visit your home suggesting a dollar or percentage amount considered a “fair share.” Our minister says it is her duty as spiritual leader to extend to everyone the invitation to strengthen our faith faculty by increasing our giving. You decide the amount or percentage of your income that feels good to you or that feels like a healthy stretch to you. Want a bigger experience of life? Become a bigger giver.
If tithing seems out of the question, yet you want to practice being a bigger giver, start where you are and make a plan for percentage giving. Calculate the percentage you are giving presently, and then increase the percentage with an agreement to revisit the question of “how much” within three or six months. For example, you may see that you are presently giving two percent and choose to increase it to three or four percent. Then follow through with the intention of gradually increasing your percentage, gradually stretching your capacity and your faculty of faith (joyous anticipation of good).
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