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Tithing Acknowledges the Faithfulness of God

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Are you honest with the Lord in the payment of your tithes? Living this divine law will bring both spiritual and material blessings. -Ezra Taft Benson

You might think that tithing is for all. Yes, that is the ideal, and that is how we are designed – to worship with our all, including our finances. However, not all people give their tithes because first and foremost they do not believe in God.

A good example of this is that of giving to a stranger. Will you give someone the tenth of your finances if you do not know that person fully well? Will you still give even if you do not know where your money will go after?

I am pretty sure you will not. Think about it. If you do not believe in God, will you give Him your money? How will you give a portion of your wealth to a God whom you do not believe in?

The Integrity of Tithing Begins with Our Faith

We are capable to give our tithes because in our hearts we know where our wealth comes from. In other words, we know and believe that what is ours is owned by God. This makes tithing an act that we do out of love and free will.

Tithing and God’s Faithfulness

God is always faithful to us even if we aren’t to Him. God always gives more. He does not give less than His. God always gives unfailingly. This is the integrity of God’s faithfulness that makes people give in faith.

If we can never outweigh God’s faithfulness, what more His integrity? If God blesses us completely and faithfully, then all the more we can return to Him the tenth of what He has given us. There is no single reason why we cannot tithe in integrity.

However, if the integrity of God’s faithfulness is questioned, then that is the only time we start doubting our giving. For example, you think that God has forgotten you or you feel like God is not blessing you anymore. Will you still find it easy to bless Him in return?

Tithing Allows Us to Give Because We Have Received So Much More

Remember that God’s ability to bless us is beyond question. Do not ever think that God is not faithful to you at all. The mere fact that you are still breathing is great evidence that God is blessing you. Tithing is not about our abilities to return to God what He has given us. It is more of the faithfulness of God to bless us. Keep in mind that the reason why we can give back is because we have been given with so much.

Your Stand on Tithing

Do you believe that tithing is a faith issue? Why? How do you perceive the faithfulness of God in your life? Is God’s faithfulness sufficient for you to bless Him with the tenth of your finances? If yes, in what ways? If no, why?

It’s time to take a moment to discover how you personally feel about tithing…

THE MASTER OF LISTENING

Usually, when someone else is speaking, the tendency is for our minds to drift off the subject. Try to practice this listening process. Krisco (1997) described the listening process in this manner:

  1. You’re listening, and then your mind and attention begin to wander.
  2. After a while, you catch yourself out to lunch-not paying attention.
  3. You check in to see what is going on.
  4. You make a quick decision whether or not to listen. And if you do-
  5. You begin listening again.

There is a big difference between the way you were initially listening, than when you begin to listen after you catch yourself. After you check in, you will usually begin to listen more intensely and effectively. Whenever you manage your

listening, you usually end up a more powerful and effective listener.

 

Other than catching yourself, you need to practice affirmative listening. This process is not just about making eye contact, nodding, asking questions or parroting what you are hearing. Your attention can drift off and still be able to do this with a bit of practice.  While reactive listening shows you are listening to something, affirmative listening is about listening for something — listening for possibility (Krisco, 1997).Reactive listening says, “I already know this.” On the other hand, affirmative listening says, “I don’t know this.” Do you see the difference in what this could do in increasing the level of information and meaning you register? As a leader, you need to master listening because this could open for you new possibilities. You need to tap every resource that you can get your hands on. The most valuable resources out there include ideas, suggestions, innovations, and creativity from other people. Many great ideas, suggestions, and breakthroughs are lost in listening. Once you understand the importance of genuine listening, you can make a shift in yourself, and in the way you listen to

others.

 

It is actually you (not just your listening) that is not an empty vessel. That is, you are not only not an empty vessel for what you hear, but you are not an empty vessel for any aspect of your perception of whatever you are dealing with. That is to say, you are not an undistorted mirror of life (observer or discerner of life) – or more precisely, you are not an undistorted interpreter of life. (Werner etal., p. 52)

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The Possibility You Create

When it is like this, you create for yourself the possibility of being a source of clearing for kindness, gentleness, harmony, and compassion. You become present through the power of listening.

The automatic way we listen is usually reactive. The little voice inside you reacts to what we think or hear. The first step then to manage your listening is to catch yourself listening in a reactive manner. Awareness is the key to managing your listening. Developing distinctions for reactive listening allows you to do this.  You usually listen through a variety of reactive filters. Have you ever said, “I already know this,” in your mind at one point in a conversation? This is an example of a reactive filter. This is a filter because when you react in this way, the only things that get through to you are information, which you already know. In other words, your listening is only focused on the information that validates your thinking.

You filter out the new information (i.e., the stuff you don’t know). When the conversation is completed, you end up leaving it knowing you were “right.” As a result, you remain stuck in the past. There is no transformation. There is no change. You miss out on the information you did not know; information that could have brought about new possibilities for growth and development. There are a lot of other reactive listening filters like these:

  • What is the point?
  • What’s wrong or missing?
  • Where is this going?
  • What’s in this for me?
  • Will this work?

 

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Your Best Contribution

When we talk about conversations, the first thing that will come to your mind will be the speaking part. Speaking is but a part of a conversation. What makes a difference is what is heard, accepted, and internalized, more than what is being said.

 

According to Krisco (1997), the power of listening gives you the power to be creative and to absorb what other people are saying to you. Learning to manage your ability to listen unleashes your power of speaking. When you treat your listening with the same care and concern you put into your speaking, then your conversations will have the influence and effect you intend.

As a leader, you intend to serve the group you are leading and you intend to be a positive contribution to the world. This is especially if you desire to create a space for a world that works for “you and me.” What does it take really to be a source of contribution? Is it about being good at fixing this? Is it about being a doer? Is it about being and doing the right thing all the time? These things are well and good. But the cause of being able to do these things first and foremost is to simply be present and to genuinely listen to others (Iqbal, 2013).

When you listen without judgment, when you listen without any fixing, listening without being right, then you allow for yourself the ability to be a source of contribution. You need to bring about a listening that keeps the attention on the other person who is doing the speaking and always on the person doing the speaking.

When you are speaking to someone who is in pain, what is your impulse?

Your urge will be to try to fix, to minimize the other person’s suffering, or to give advice. While your intentions are well, you are taking away an important opportunity from the conversation. When you allow yourself to listen, then you become enrolled in the story of the person. True empathy comes this way.

 

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WHY DO GROUPS FAIL?

Given that we have received a Group Word that allows us as a community to move forward towards transformation, the question is why do some groups still fail? What is the reason behind collective failure? Is it disobedience on the part of the members of the group? Is it a lack of unity?

 

  1. Otto Scharmer (2007) talked about the presence of blind spots. We deal with challenges with groups and we experience failures because we are blind to the deeper dimension of leadership and transformational change. A blind spot exists not only in collective leadership, but also in everyday social transactions. Often times, we are blind to the source by which our leadership and social action come into being. The source comes from within ourselves that we fail to check and to examine from time to time.

 

It is easy to know what leaders do and how they do it. We call this leadership processes and styles. However, we know very little about the inner place by which these leadership processes and styles have emerged from, the source from which they operate (Scharmer, 2007). In the inner place of each individual, there exists the blind spots. A person who is blameless, a person of integrity, is aware of his or her blind spots.

 

Successful leaders depend on the quality of attention and intention that the leader brings into any situation. The nature of the inner space in the leaders is a mystery to us. However, what we do know is that a person of integrity aligns what he or she shows externally with what exists internally. This person is able to receive and impart the Group Word, as well as to lead the group towards transformation.

 

Scharmer (2007) stressed that we live in a time wherein there is a need for a new consciousness and a new collective leadership capacity to meet challenges in a more conscious, intentional, and strategic way. This creates for our group the ability to create a future of greater possibility. This new consciousness and leadership capacity still boils down to how well we receive and accept the Group Word.

 

The question is how do we go about receiving the Group Word, the same way that groups/communities in the Bible were able to do so powerfully that they were able to impact their generation and the generations thereafter. Scharmer (2007) came up with the U Theory, the U as one process with five movements, which included co-initiating, co-sensing, presencing, co-evolving, and co-creating.

 

 

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THE GROUP DISTINGUISHES YOUR WAY OF BEING

We all have the capacity to create community through our actions everyday (Jensen, 2011). The Self evolves in a group. Thus, in order to see the best version of yourself, you need to see yourself as a group as a way of being. It is innate for us human beings. Peter Block said, the group (community) is not just where we live, it is a way of being.

We live in a culture that encourages like-mindedness, in effect isolating us from the strange. This prevents us from growing and learning from others with different perspectives.

 

Technology has amplified this like-mindedness by grouping people with others who like what they like or buy what they buy. The power of the group goes beyond like-mindedness.  It also thrives in the presence of individuality. The group is made stronger by the diversity of the members in the group because of the different gifts that are available for the collective benefit.

Peter Block tells us: “If you want to change the world, walk your block, knock on doors and ask ‘Is there anything you know how to do that you’d be willing to share with other people in this neighborhood?’” There needs to be a conversation that exists.

 

All transformation is linguistic (Block, in Jensen 2011). We create a future for the group that is distinct from the past, through conversation. Language is the means by which people are engaged into discussing something they have not discussed before. Old and predictable conversations prevent reform from occurring.

 

The key to a new future is to focus on gifts, on associational life, and on the insight that all transformation occurs through language. The small group is the unit of transformation and the container for the experience of belonging.

 

The existing community context is one that markets fear, assigns fault, and worships self interest. This context supports the belief that the future will be improved with new laws, more oversight, and stronger leadership. The new context that restores community is one of possibility, generosity, and gifts, rather than one of fear, mistakes, and self-interest.

 

Citizens become powerful when they choose to shift the context  within which they act in the world. Communities are human systems given form by conversations that build relatedness. The conversations that build relatedness most often occur through associational life, where citizens are unpaid and show up by choice, rather than in large systems where professionals are paid and show up by contractual agreement. (Peter Block, “Community: The Structure of Belonging”)

 

 

 

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What conversation can you initiate to influence change?