When I was deeply in debt, I was told that if I just tithed that my financial problems would be over because I would create the outflow of giving that would require the Universe to give the inflow of abundance. I am sure that it works this way for other people, but for me giving away 10% of my income without the consciousness that believed that I could afford it only entrenched me in more debt. I never received the inflow of tithing because I was not giving the outflow from a mindset that thought that I could afford it. So I spent months giving away money that I needed to pay my bills and ended up farther in debt. When I gave of gave away money from a consciousness of lack, I gave it away either with the expectation of return from the Universe, or I gave it away still thinking the thoughts that I did not have enough money. So, the Universe responded to me with the vibrations I was putting out which was of lack.
I took a class from Rev. Paul Hasselbeck once where he said, "I give from the abundance that I already have in my life, not for the abundance I want to Universe to give to me." I loved what he had to say because he was talking about a true abundance consciousness where I am not giving because I am expecting some magical inflow from the Universe. I am giving because I already see where I am being provided for sufficiently right now. I am giving from a consciousness that knows that there is always enough for me and sees that I am immersed in enoughness right now in my everyday life. Sometimes I tithe 10% of our income and sometimes I do not. When I look at my checkbook, I ask myself what is the number that I can give away without feeling any lack? What is the number that I can give that keeps me in the consciousness of seeing the abundance I already have right now?
The same philosophy holds true on how I give of my time and talent. I only want to give when the giving in done freely from a place of enough. When I give of my time, I want to give it from a consciousness that feels abundant. So I do not agree to do anything unless I feel I have enough time; it is far more powerful for me to give from a place of enoughness rather than a place of lack because in lack I become resentful, which is not the vibration I want to give the Universe. Instead, I give freely from the abundance I can already perceive in my life right now. Sometimes that is a lot of time and talent, and other times, it is not so much.
What time, talent, or treasure can you give away today in areas of your life that you do genuinely see that you have enough? If that is a dollar, 2 hours of your time, or tutoring someone else in your talent area, give from a place that acknowledges where you are already being provided for sufficiently by God.