#1 Money Tip – Give Generously

Zig Ziglar, an inspirational writer and speaker, strongly advocated the idea “Help others get what they want, and you get what you want” for many, many years. It’s often taken as the #1 Money Tip. In his book See You at the Top, he listed example after example of men and women who seemed to prove this theory. So why do Christians still refuse to sacrificially give portions of their incomes?

Why Should I Give to the Church?

As the title suggests, I advize giving financially to your local church body. Many, MANY people believe the Old Testament law of giving 10% of your income to be inapplicable to modern day Christians. I disagree. Why? The reason is simple:

If Jesus Christ’s coming to Earth and sacrificing himself on the cross satisfied every living, breathing Christian’s obligations to God, their fellow Christians, and mankind, then Christians would be free to act in whatever way they pleased. Cheating on exams and lying to our neighbors would be acceptable behavior.

But Christians who are honest with themselves know better. For Apostle Paul speaks about “Renewing our minds,” also known as our conscious recognizing our body’s sinful habits and choosing to change the body’s actions. Yes, Christ’s sacrifice fulfilled the law for people to enter Heaven. But we Christians still have the obligation to pursue righteousness, behaviorally, socially, and financially.

Applying Zig Ziglar’s Theory

Having first read Zig Ziglar’s success theory straight out of college, I was sceptical. As an undergraduate with no experience and no job, I was sceptical about how giving away my few, hard-earned dollars could benefit me. As you have probably realized, Zig Ziglar meant more than giving financially.

To give to others includes working hard at your job. If you increase the profit margin at your boss’s company, whether through saving money or generating more sales, then you are helping your boss and everyone who works for him. This would satisfy the #1 Money Tip. For, if this boss cares about his employees, even just a little bit, then you and your coworkers will get the holiday bonuses. You may even get a pay raise within a year or two, given the profit margin increase is high enough.

Another way to apply Zig Ziglar’s theory is to provide emotional support for your friends. If you help your friends in their time of need, then they will likely help you when you need them. **Warning** This becomes less and less true as generations come and go. I’ve found more support through my senior citizen friends, then my peers. A friend who is a peer is a rare commodity that is to be treasured….

Giving to God Financially

If giving other people our hard work will financially benefit us, then why do we give to God? There are two big reasons. One based on theory and superstition. The other based in hope from faith.

Think about God’s favored men written about in the Torah. The main five men, including Abraham and Isaac, were extremely wealthy men. Though I cannot be certain their wealth came in an easily liquefiable form, such as gold. I do know they had extraordinarily large herds of sheep and cattle. And that is worth millions even in today’s standards.

So when the Torah men gave 10% of their best crops and herds, it favored God immensely. I assume, in part, because doing so showed their pursuance in righteousness with God. And in order to have a relationship with the Savior, one must be righteous. God blessed these men in many ways, including financially, for their obedience.

For the Christians who disregard the Old Testament and its holiness, then consider this idea: God tells us to live and act for Him, so we may store treasures for ourselves in Heaven. Do I know what to do to gain these treasures? Maybe a little. And do I know what these treasures are? No. But it’s gotta be better than anything on this earth, so I’m going to try.

Conclusion on #1 Money Tip – Give Generously

So, if men in the Bible and people in modern day times have found themselves financially set when they offer their incomes to their local church bodies, then it may be a worthy thing to try. If anything, the church may save the extra funds and help struggling members if hard times come. May the Lord bless your church body with a great church bookkeeper, for such times will come.

I do believe that giving financially, and giving love to the lonely and destitute, will benefit everyone in the long run. Running with this theory may not make you rich, but it should provide you with everything you need. Is this all just Christian superstition? Maybe. But I think following old Christian laws is a safeguard in pursuing righteousness. And that is something every Christian needs to pursue for his and her own soul.

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Jane Austen on Marrying for Money and Comfort

Renowned for her romance, author Jane Austen used fiction to write volumes on her thoughts regarding marriage for money and comfort. Casual fans occasionally refer to Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in passing when talking about Austen’s literature. Truly avid Austen fans remember the wide and varied side characters in her works, and from these characters do readers learn Austen’s thoughts. To clarify for the casual fan, I have listed below the reasons the romance author used to show why women should avoid marrying for anything less than love.

To Prevent the Oncoming of Spinsterhood

1800’s women making good on prepping themselves to find husbands.

Loneliness often motivates young women to marry. Going to dinner, a company party, or a social gathering alone means having people treat the individual like a second class citizen. The same is true, to a lesser degree, about attending movie theaters and music concerts alone. However, there exists something worse than attending events solo: To be alone and lack the financial means to attend social events or entertainment venues. Women in Jane Austen’s time avoided this at all costs.

Here, the casual fan might ask how the Bennet daughters struggled to avoid spinsterhood. They married in their early twenties, after all! Think not of Eliza and Jane, but think of their friend, Ms. Charlotte Lucas. Aged at the tender age of 27, she claimed her situation was a burden to her parents. Given her lack of fortune, she desperately needed a husband to avoid loneliness and financial struggle. So when Mr. Collins proposed, all but the eldest Bennet daughters celebrated. According to Austen, Charlotte would lead a sad life.

To Avoid the Likelihood of Discomfort

A house for a gentleman’s daughter who marries a poor man in the 1800’s.

Walking onto a Christian university campus will reveal hundreds, sometimes thousands, of young women who are desperately on the search for a mate. These women are usually in their late teens or early twenties, moderately to exceedingly attractive, possess good reason and sense, and have seemingly endless opportunities ahead of them. Any man would be lucky to have such a woman as a wife. Due to inbred insecurity, most young women think differently.

Young women during the Jane Austen time struggled with the same insecurity, possibly to a larger scale. The rich, married couples in the romance author’s literature treated single young women, especially poor, single young women, with a certain disregard…unless their sons or nephews favored the young women. To avoid this treatment, and to enhance their standard of living, these women with great potential settled for any man of great financial means, even if she didn’t love him. Maria Bertram settled similarly in Mansfield Park, and Austen made her misery known in her affairs with Henry Crawford.

To Ensure the Opportunity of Wealth

A couple in love with no concerns of money or comfort.

Each of the above situations that young women wished to avoid, loneliness and poor treatment, also involved the great desire to prevent living in poverty. Young women, as found in classic romantic literature, always tried to marry a man who could afford higher living standards. Hence why their mothers frequently spoke about the prospects in store for their daughters. Sometimes the situation reversed, and the men would only marry women with large dowries. Money is a strong motivator.

Jane Austen tried to show her readers how young women who married for money would lead miserable lives, and how marrying for love was pure joy. Those who married for love, such as Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse, usually possessed great sense. Though they would occasionally act without much thought or feeling, the men whom they would grow to admire were able and willing to correct them. Only the women who married without involving their hearts suffered, at least, so wrote Jane Austen.

  1. Lauren Henderson Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating. New York: Hyperion, 2005.