Goin’ home

One of the very best things about Fridays is that it’s a dedicated evening with my family.

I look forward to it all day. Even all week.

Nothing fancy. But all family.

As an added bonus, I try to observe a Sabbath rest on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. That especially means no work related computer activity tonight. And it’s often easier to simply stay unplugged.

I love it.

As a tither, I believe that God can take my 90% far further than I could take my 100%.

As a growing disciple, I’m moving to the point of believing that God can take my 6 days further than I can take my 7.

A whole day seems challenging as a bi-vocational person. The most obvious day is Saturday, but that’s the best day for connecting with people too. Interestingly, my rabbi friend thinks it’s amusing that Christian pastors wrestle with this. Apparently, Sabbath is Sabbath. Rabbinic worship leading isn’t “work” like we protestants see it. It’s just how they celebrate Sabbath.

I’m still working on getting a day. 🙂

I’m not there yet. But I’m getting closer.

And now I’m going home!

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. rich

    oooh, good discussion topic:

    “which is more important: tithing or observing sabbath”

    bit of a loaded question, actually..

  2. Marc

    Yep, loaded.

    Makes about as much sense to me as “Which is better, serving God or eating lunch?”

    Both are important! 🙂

  3. rich

    true. however..based on observation alone, I think it can be fairly said, that it’s clear which of the two enjoys a higher priority in the church.

  4. Marc

    Yeah, if BOTH were high priority, we’d be able to fund the work of the Kingdom and our churches would have funds for the healthcare needs of our congregations and the housing needs and the food needs.

    But since the average Christian in the US gives 2% (even those that consider themselves “tithers”), most churches choose to teach on giving.

    Oh…perhaps you meant sabbath wasn’t getting enough attention?

  5. rich

    mmm sabbath….

  6. Marc


    Isn’t it interesting that both disciplines attack idols in our culture:
    * tithing attacks avarice/greed/mammon
    * sabbath attacks pride & “busy-ness”

  7. Marc

    I just skimmed it, but it seems to say what I say: Jesus wants it all. Cheerfully and generously but it’s all his.

    To me, it’s obvious that tithing’s not enough. A great place to start, a lousy place to stop.

    In my experience in talking with people that make the jump to tithing, not tithing is more about fear and worry. Not trusting God to come through.

    Perhaps I skimmed the article too fast.

  8. Marc

    Ok, read a bit more.

    “No nagging about giving?” This comes from taking Paul out of context.

    Check out his epistles. His “you need to give freely” is wedded to a borderline-manipulative letter telling the Corinthians they better not come up short in the amount they pledged to him.

    I’ve got the texts at my site:

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