I've just blogged on my page about tithing so I won't repeat the same things here, I just wanted to say that by committing a fixed amount of my income to a charity via automatic monthly charge to my credit card (or this could be a standing debit order from a bank account for those who don't use plastic) I cannot waste it on frivolous purchases, so I hope to become more responsible about money. I don't have a large income but I'm obviously much better off than many other people on this planet, and I feel guilty about this. Whether we call it tithing in the JudaeoChristian tradition, or Islamic zakat, or Hindi daan, or Buddhist amisa dana, the giving of charity is an injunction on the followers of all the major religions, and they all promise divine blessings in return. Even without this religious carrot dangling before us, the altruistic desire to help others less fortunate than ourselves is what sets humans apart as a species.
I've realised that I've become too materialistic, and worse yet, my young son has learnt from my example, constantly clamouring 'I want'. So I've decided to put a human face on my tithing by sponsoring a child and a community in Ecuador (I chose http://www.mashifoundation.org/blog/ because they are a new, very small foundation and I decided they are in far greater need of help than the large well-established charities with millions of dollars at their disposal). I have also started a new piggy-bank for "our" child, and when my son collected some money by carolling in the neighbourhood (a Greek tradition for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) I encouraged him to tithe his windfall. He was rather sullen about it at first, gave just one coin, but the little seed I planted grew in his heart because some hours later he gave much more than 10%. I explained I would use this money to buy "our" child new shoes, and this made sense to him. I will also put all my small change (any coin below a Euro, apart from the non-Greek ones which go into another piggy bank for my son) into this piggy bank, so by the end of the year I will be able to make an additional donation for the entire community in Loma Grande, or perhaps buy another cow for an Indian farmer as I did yesterday via http://www.rudraksha-ratna.com/dispProduct.php?cow-donation-(gau-dan)&prodId=4911
I am not saying these things to boast, I simply hope I am offering some food for thought. Please see my blog for the website which inspired me.
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