Keeping Track of Your Giving

As tax season rolls around, I wanted to share something that shocked us this year.

We gave away less money than we meant to.

Amy and I really value generosity. As missionaries, we depend on the generosity of others for our paychecks. As people who love God's mission, we're delighted to reach into our pockets to partner where we can. But in 2012, we didn't give as much as we meant to.

It was a strange feeling, filling out my taxes and seeing the numbers. Checking the numbers. Rifling around for more receipts. "Surely we gave more than this" I found myself saying. Nope. We gave what we gave. And it wasn't as much as we meant to.

Amy and I try to think about our giving in terms of percentage. We pick a percentage and try to give that much. Ideally, we'd love to see that percentage go up and up and up over the years. How great would it be to be giving 20 or 30 or 40 percent of our income away?!?

This year, we're trying to pay better attention. And for us, paying better attention will mean giving more. But first, we need to figure out how to pay better attention to our giving throughout the year.

How do you keep track of your giving?

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