Success Principle # 61
Give More to Get More
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat
In mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts,
If I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing,
That there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
(Malachi 3:10 Holy Bible King James)
Tithing—that is, giving 10% of your earnings to the work of GOD—is one of the best guarantees of prosperity ever known. Many of the world’s richest individuals and most successful people have been devout tithers. By tithing regularly, you, to, can put into motion GOD’S universal force, bring you continual abundance. Tithing both creates a spiritual alliance with the GOD of abundance, and fosters the mind-set of love for others.
There Are Different Types Of Tithing
Financial tithing is best explained as contributing 10% of your gross income to the organization from whence you receive your spiritual guidance or whose philanthropic work you want to support.
Time tithing is volunteering your time to serve your church, temple, or synagogue or mosque or any charity that could use your help. There are today more than 18,000 charities in the United States that need volunteers.
“Nature gives all, without reservation, and loses nothing;Man or woman, grasping all, loses everything.”James Allen Author of Path to Prosperity
“Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like hell.”Junior Murchison
Robert Allen, best-selling author of Nothing Down and The One Minute Millionaire, did not always tithe. But, after he’d lost everything and was down to zero, he said to himself, “Wait a second. I’ve had so much money in my life. I’m supposed to be the guru who teaches people how to become rich. Where’s it all gone? I must have done something wrong.” Eventually, Bob worked himself back to prosperity.
But, along the way, he leaned a valuable lesson: “Either I believe in tithing, or I don’t. If I believe it, I’m going to tithe every week. I’m going to figure out what our income is that week and write my check that week.” Bob once told a person who was struggling to tithe that, “You don’t tithe because you want to get something. You tithe because you’ve already gotten it. You’re so blessed already there’s no way in the world you’ll be able to repay it. …You tithe out of the gratitude you feel for the unbelievable blessings and lifestyle you have.”
Corporations, too, can reap the rewards of giving back. William H. George, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, revealed to a Minneapolis conference on philanthropy how his company had committed to giving 2% if their pretax profits. These, “tithes” amounted to $1.5 million in the beginning. After an 11 year growth streak of 23% per year, they were able to boost their giving to $17 million in one year alone.
We all know about Ted Turner having given the United Nations a $1 Billion grant. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Billions for worthy causes. When you engage others in your success—when you share the wealth with them—more work gets done, greater success is achieved, and ultimately everyone benefits more.
Jack Canfield said, “It is our firm belief that this willingness to share the wealth has produced more wealth than we could have ever produced on our own. Trying to hang on to it all would have just constricted the flow of wealth.”
Have a productive day!
“We make a living by what we get. But, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa
“There are those who give with joy and that joy is their reward.” Kahlil Gibran
“The law of giving is very simple: If you want joy, give joy. If love is what you seek, offer love. If you crave material affluence, help others become prosperous.” Deepak Chopra