We’ve only just got back out tax refund – woohoo. I am well aware that not all of us get tax refunds, but Sue and I usually do, and this one is bigger than past years, so a double woohooJ. I have found it helpful to get it done early, and as we usually receive a refund, the earlier the better. But, what will we do with it?
Now, if you are like us, it doesn’t take long to think about the different ways one can use it, and especially as we plan, God willing, to have our annual leave next month and so it will come in handy. But, we are always left wondering as to how God would want us to use it, after all, it is all from him (Psalm 50:9-12).
What we have decided in the past, and what we will also do this year, is to give a fair portion of it to someone else, to help them out. Sometimes that has meant giving someone an anonymous gift, or giving our local church a Thank Offering.
From my understanding of the Scriptures, God’s people shouldn’t just limit their financial giving to at least a tithe (a tenth of their gross income), but should also freely give thank offerings, compassion offerings, and other gifts, as occasions arise. And so, Sue and I have decided that if we receive a tax refund, that is how we will use it, rather than having the mindset that we were over taxed and it’s all ours.
I don’t know if you’ve done your tax return yet, or if you even need to do one, but if you do need to do one and do receive a refund, please consider prayerfully how our Lord would want you to use it, and if you are married, discuss that with your husband or wife.
I have found King David’s words helpful in our prayerful considerations:
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, O Lord, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. (1 Chronicles 29:14)
And also the psalmist’s words:
Those who sacrifice thank offerings, honour me. (Psalm 50:23a)
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