Diocesan Development Office
Happy New Year! What is the most common thing one can do for New Year’s? Make a New Year’s Resolution! What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Some common resolutions are: lose weight (I say that one almost every year), spend more time with family (my husband may say he wants me to spend less time with my family☺), and lastly, the most common resolution, get out of debt!
Well I don't know about you, but I know how to lose weight – eat less and work out more. In addition, if I want to spend more time with my family, I need to call them more. But, for most, the answers of how to get out of debt aren't as clear. But here’s a simple solution: learn how to button your shirt.
Have you ever tried buttoning your shirt from the middle? It gets all messed up, right? Yet when we start at the top and work our way down, we button our shirt with ease. When we follow the logical progress of things it just makes life easier, happier and more fulfilling.
Handling our money is the same way. When we follow some core values when it comes to our money we can experience that same ease, happiness and fulfillment.
Where might you find these core values, you ask? In the Bible and Catechism of course!
Time and time again we hear that we must give of our first fruits. This is not just something your pastor or pastoral coordinator made up to get you to give more money to the Church. It is a value that is repeated numerous times throughout the Bible. In fact it is estimated that 20-25% of all verses in the Bible deal with the issue of how we act as stewards of what we possess.
These scriptural references are created to help guide us in living with God’s peace and love. Sit for a couple minutes a day and listen to God’s voice within as you recite the scripture below.
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30
“Will man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.” Malachi 3:8
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
“. . . but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures . . .” Luke 8:14
Giving is the first button of our finances. When we do this first everything else falls in place.
Kathleen Hurtt is the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) Coordinator for the Diocese of San Bernardino