By Rosa Long
The Law of Cause and Effect states that every cause has an effect and that every effect has a cause. Nothing happens by chance. The example Leslie Householder gives in her book, Hidden Treasures, she states that if you plant a carrot in the ground, you can be assured a carrot is what you’re grow. If I move in a good direction, good things will move towards me. That is why I draw near unto the Lord, so that he will draw near unto me. Likewise, what we reap (in outward actions), we will reap (in reactions towards us).
There is great encouragement for obeying this law through positive actions. I have always been a person who preferred to follow the rules because I didn’t want to feel the repercussions not only from possibly getting caught, but dealing with my guilty conscious. That would be a slow painful death of my spirit. I prefer to act so I can reap positive rewards. Tithing is a great example of obeying a commandment and receiving the positive effects of that action.
When Brian and I were baptized, there were many traditions we had to change in order to abide with all the gospel principles and doctrines. One of them was paying our tithing. My husband didn’t feel it was necessary and I was afraid to test it. I wanted to but it took years before I finally started paying an honest tithe. However, it was only my salary and Brian did not approve of me paying on his salary. As a result, I was not always consistent myself.
I waited a few more years before I tried again to get Brian to agree to pay a full tithe. He didn’t want to participate but he finally agreed (grudgingly). It just so happened that around that time, I read that when someone does something without true desire or good intentions, then it will be worse for him. I did not want that for Brian and I let him know. I told him that we would not pay tithing if he didn’t agree with it. I had decided I would stop asking at this point.
Brian shocked me when he said, “No, I think we should go ahead and do it.” I asked him if he was sure and he said he was. It was a huge relief for me and I was so excited to finally get the opportunity to put to test Malachi 10:3 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
As you’ve probably already guessed, the blessings poured in and haven’t stopped. I knew we would be blessed because I have learned that even though I cannot rely on anybody to come through for me here on earth, I have the best on my side…My Savior, Jesus Christ. I can always count on him to be there for me, make things happen for me and bless me so that my cup continuously “runneth” over.
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