2.4 Hours

Many people are sticklers about tithing a tenth of their income, but tithing includes more than just our money. Sometimes, when it comes to time, we aren’t so generous in giving to the Lord.



A tenth of our day is just under two and a half hours — 2.4 to be exact. When we think of all the things we already cram into our day, it may seem impossible to give that much time to God.

The good news is that our tithe of time doesn’t have to be spent all at once. We can give more time on weekends, if necessary. We can do a variety of things as we tithe our time to God each day: study the Bible, pray for others, call someone, send an encouraging e-mail, send a card to brighten someone’s day, fix a meal for the sick, visit the housebound, bake cookies for a neighbor, be a mentor to a young person who doesn’t have both parents, bring groceries to a needy family, take a depressed friend out for coffee, or listen to a friend unload his problems.

Once these activities become habits, we might be surprised to find that a tenth of our day just isn’t enough time to serve God.

God values our time even more than our money.


“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Luke 6:38 (NIV)

PrayerDear Lord, help us to devote time each day to serving you. Open our eyes to see where we are needed. Amen.

By Ruth O’Neil, Virginia, USA, from “The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide”, September 4, 2013



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