Tithes, Timing, and Humanity

I don’t believe that God dwells exclusively in the greatest of us.  I realize that is what many of us would like to believe, but I don’t.  In fact, I believe that, in many instances, God dwells in what our society considers the “least” of us.  I mean, what good is money to God?  In my very humble opinion, the only real currency that matters to God is Love.  Compassion, patience, understanding, and time, in my opinion, are his quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.  You see, I believe that the way we approach our demonstration of love, faith, and trust in God has become distorted. There are those amongst us that legitimately believe that God is pleased and full with them because they have given their 10% or more to their houses of worship.  Let me be clear, the leadership in those houses of worship are pleased. Again, this is not the truth, this is my truth.  Truthfully, I believe that money corrupts.  Where there is extraordinary wealth, there are also extraordinary lies. Why do we need gyms, swimming pools, private jets, helicopters, vacation homes, personal staffs, drivers, and stylists for our religious leaders?  If the prophets didn’t need those things then, why do we need them now?  We don’t.  Love and truth should be free.  I believe that leaders should give more than they take, be present more than they are absent, work towards improvement just as much as they pray about improvement, and ensure that their parishioners are able to improve their spiritual and communal lives as well.  When you give without asking for anything in return, you have paid your tithes.  When you offer food because your money is running low, you have paid your tithe.  When you sit with someone who needs to cry in order to make room for joy, you have paid your tithes.  When you give the very coat off of your back to someone who needs it more than you, you have paid your tithe.  If you are only seeking to do good because you are putting a spiritual downpayment on your mansion in heaven, save your money.  We need to improve the lives of God’s children first.  Open your eyes and see with your heart and spirit.  God is all around us.  Give love.  Give time.  Give support.  Give hope.  Spread joy.  It is there that God dwells.  If you are struggling financially, put your future faith in things that can’t be purchased.  As long as we’re “chasing the paper,” we will certainly miss the point.  Paper isn’t real; love is.  Choose Love.  Until next time, do something for someone other than yourself for no reason at all other than to improve their lives.  As always, if you make it to where you going, don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us.  Patrick

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