Six Reasons Why Giving Away Your Money Makes You Prosperous

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money1My Dad was a Christian businessman who tithed 15% of his income to the church.
That’s right. A whopping 15%. Before taxes. With a wife and five kids.
He did so even when he had to re-mortgage his business property and his business was on the skids.
At the age of fifty he and my brother sold up everything in Pennsylvania and put all their eggs into one basket–they moved to South Carolina and opened a men’s clothing store.
Over the next ten years they began to be fairly prosperous. At that point my Dad gave even more of his money to the Lord’s work.
I’m convinced that tithing brings prosperity.
How does it work? Six things begin to happen:
First, when you tithe your attitude to you wealth changes.
By giving sacrificially you achieve detachment. The money and the stuff money buys doesn’t matter to you so much anymore.
Giving sacrificially sets things in their right priority.
So what happens when you achieve detachment? You don’t care about money and the stuff money buys as much so you live more simply. You don’t give two hoots for the big trophy house. You don’t really want a lake house or beach house. You are happy to lease a car or drive an older car. You don’t need all the toys and all the crap.

Consequently, as you live more simply you have more money.

Finish reading this splendid article here.

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5 Responses to Six Reasons Why Giving Away Your Money Makes You Prosperous

  1. Michael says:

    Another splendid (though admittedly unrelated) article by Fr. Longenecker here:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2015/07/the-devil-in-detroit.html

    and another splendid one (from Anthony Esolen) on the kind of things we might do to bring our culture back towards sanity again:

    http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/08/saving-the-christian-state.html

  2. Fr. Longenecker’s father embodies an ideal to live up to.

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    Back in the ‘70s, Etobicoke’s Dr. Andrew Simone seemingly had it all – a Harvard education, a thriving dermatology practice, a beautiful home in well-to-do The Kingsway, a couple of fancy cars in the driveway, and “more money than I knew what to do with.” But something was always missing. “When we became rich, we were a little disillusioned,” Simone said. “It wasn’t as good as we thought it was going to be.” Despite all his success, Simone said he and his wife Joan quickly came to realize that the trappings of wealth were mere distractions from their true purpose in life…

    http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4277365-etobicoke-dermatologist-dr-andrew-simone-s-life-work-continues-through-canadian-food-for-children/

  4. johnhenrycn says:

    … I’m convinced that Fr Longenecker is right on the money (pun), but one thing I find sad about the approach taken by many evangelicals, of which Fr L used to be one (no aspersions against his family) is that God wants us to be filthy rich in this life. They don’t use the word filthy obviously, but that’s the message – Prosperity Theology they call it – being preached in many of their mega-churches.
    http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1533448,00.html

  5. johnhenrycn says:

    …I also meant to point out, à propos Dr Simone, that he and his wife, Catholics, gave up their wealth whilst still managing to raise 13 children of their own, not to mention “the dozens of foster kids they’ve taken in over the years”, according to the above article.

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