That time of year has rolled around once again — tax time. Filing taxes usually produces a touch of tension. At least I always feel that way. I hold my breath just before the final number is worked out, a small knot in my stomach. Even when I know with almost certainty that I will be getting a refund, I still feel a little nervous.
I wonder if it would be a good idea to use tax time to do an annual check-up on money attitudes. Why? Because our real heart regarding money might be revealed during tax preparation. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
Can you be honest filling in every blank even when it is not to your benefit? Have you worked in a small fudge factor that won’t be noticed? Did you give only where you could get a deduction? Is your giving generous or meagerly? How have you used your money over the last year? Are you a spendthrift or a penny pincher? Do you think of it as YOUR money, or God’s?
These are some of the questions we can ask ourselves just to make sure our heart is still centered on God instead of money and material things. Jesus said; “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Luke 12:31) So file your taxes ON time and seek his kingdom ALL the time!