When I talk to people about the spiritual practice of tithing, most people think about tithing 10% of their money. But did you know that you can also tithe your time?
If you're unfamiliar with the idea of tithing your money, here's how master prosperity teacher Edwene Gaines defines it: "To tithe is to return 10% of all we receive to a person, place, or institution from which we have received spiritual food. Spiritual food is that which inspires us of the truth, and causes us to remember who we really are.... The real purpose of the tithe is to acknowledge that God is the source of our good and that we are aware and grateful for the good in our lives."
Tithing your money is a spiritual practice because it goes against the idea of lack or the feeling that there's not enough. Tithing reminds you that the Law of Circulation is always at work in the Universe. When you tithe, you get to participate consciously and actively in the flow of giving and receiving.
Time is another area of life where some people feel like there's not enough. Do you ever hear this from others: "I don't have time." "I'm soooo busy." "There's not enough time in the world."
If you'd like to experience more time freedom and to actively be in the driver's seat of your own calendar, I encourage you to try this spiritual practice of tithing your time.
What does tithing your time look like? If you take the average work week in the U.S. as 40 hours, ten percent of that is 4 hours. To tithe your time, then, is to give 4 hours every week in service to others. Here are some examples of what tithing your time can look like:
Here's something that I did last week: I was sitting in Starbucks reading a book when a person at a table in the far end of the store spilled the drink he had just purchased. I could tell from his facial expressions that he was in distress. There were a number of people nearby him but no one got up to help. That's when I got up, walked over to the cashier and asked for them to get a mop and towels. I told the person in distress that they were going to help, and relief immediately washed over his face. This took a total of 10 minutes.
Tithing your time helps you to open your awareness to the many opportunities for you to give of yourself. This can become a fun exercise where you start out your day, asking yourself: "I wonder where I'll get to give today."
So here's your coaching assignment for this week: Experiment with the spiritual practice of tithing your time, and make a conscious choice to give four hours of your time in service to others.
As you tithe your time, may you affirm your own understanding that there is more than enough time. The gift of your time is a blessing to others.
p.s. If you'd like to receive the gift of my time and my service, I offer a complimentary 45-minute Clarity Session to help you get clear on what might be behind your feeling stuck in a particular area of your life. If you want to take me up on this offer, click here to find out more and schedule a time.
I'd love to hear what activities you plan to do to tithe your time and what ways you show up in service this week. Feel free to share by commenting below.
Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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