The Misconception of the 10%
Growing up, I was always told to give 10% of my earnings to the Church to help build and upkeep the kingdom of God. Sow the seed. Let it come back ten-fold.
As I grew older and developed my own understanding. I realized this was not the most “righteous” thing to do. As a Black Woman, I see and experience the economic disparity within my community. However how can this be when there’s churches on every corner with members who are expected to “sow” 10%?
I experienced life more, read more, learned more. I was never taught to pay myself first, which is actually the 10% I was expected to give to the church. At first I thought this to be utterly selfish and worldly. Ever wondered how shit could change economically if inner cities had knowledge of something so simple: redirect spending. Now I’m not saying don’t invest in your church, however be smart financially.
Some people may read this and feel uncomfortable with the thought of paying yourself first. I know because I’ve been there. At the very least you should pay yourself 10%, even if you can only invest $1. Learn to invest in YOU. Then you’ll be able to abundantly sow the seed to others.
There’s a huge difference between group goals and self goals. Society has shown us to continuously pour into others and give to others without also teaching proper self care.
Think about this: the flight attendant instructs us to place the oxygen mask over ourselves before helping others. Why? Because you can’t help someone when you are not equipped to do so. Your efforts will go much further if you build your foundation.