When faced with financial difficulties, the question of whether or not to tithe or give often arises. And the reason is simple. There is a desire to use every last penny to help get themselves out of the situation. If you have or are facing financial challenges, you have probably considered not giving. It may seem to be the most logical option for you. But before you decide to abandon your giving, consider the following five points:
At my former church, I had the opportunity to spend time with those in our premarital class and discuss the issue of money. One of the very first pieces of advice I gave was to, once married, get joint bank accounts and avoid bank accounts to which your spouse will not be able to access. Why? Because you do not get choose what part of your spouse you want to marry or what part you want to give to your spouse. It’s an all-in deal—You get all of them, and they get all of you.
As a nation, we have $60 billion in credit card debt. Right now, the average credit card debt is $7,200. If you remove those who do not have debt out of the equation, the average rises to $15,000. Those who just graduated college average $35,000 in student debt. Some 71% of 2015 college graduates had student loan debt.
Odds are that the job you currently hold will not be your last. Your passion may change. You may get a better offer. You may find yourself in a job that you do not particularly enjoy. At some point, most of us have left or will leave our place of work. During these moments of transition, you can easily, and often unintentionally, burn bridges with you soon-to-be former employer. Treating others as you would like to be treated is the key to a successful transition out of your old job. Here are ten ways to put others first during the transition:
I love the beginning of a new semester. There is an increased level of energy by students and professors alike. At The College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, NC, it is no different. And I, like other teachers, am ready to get class rolling. This semester, I teach Organizational Behavior. I am thrilled.
As I consider Organizational Behavior, I am reminded of the great books written on the topic. Let me give you four of my favorites. They can be beneficial to any leader of any organization.
Millennials (18-34 years old) are now more likely to live with their parents than in 2010. According to Pew Research, the percentage of Millennials living with their parents has increased from 24% in 2010 to 26% in 2015. The thought that 1 out of 4 Millennials live with their parents is staggering. And it is time for Millennials to seek independence aggressively for their sake and for their parents’ sake.