TITHING FOR THE CHURCH
I am a single mum of three. I earn $86,000 a year, pay $624.10 per fortnight in child support (my hubby doesn’t work as he is a stayat-home dad to our teenage kids), and owe $275,000 on the mortgage. I am a teacher and tithe 10 per cent of my salary each fortnight to the church (nonnegotiable commitment). But I just cannot fill my buckets — what would you suggest?
When you factor in your non- negotiables — child support, mortgage repayments and the tithe — you’re already coming close to spending 60 per cent of your take-home pay! And that’s before you pay the other nonnegotiables, like electricity, food, fuel, council rates and toilet paper.
If I were in your situation, I’d seek guidance from your pastor. If you’re a teacher, maybe you can pay your tithe by working for the church? Or perhaps you can do some tutoring? Either way you need to increase your income ( or decrease your outgoings) until your teenage kids are off your hands.