Give More, Not Save More?

Gracie is a college student, and her dad is paying for everything while she's in school. She's trying to figure out what she should be giving out of her income.

QUESTION: Gracie in Alabama is a college student, and her dad is paying for everything while she’s in school. She’s working two jobs and going to school full-time. She’s trying to figure out what she should be giving out of her income. Dave says she should tithe on her income, and the income her dad gives her is a gift.

ANSWER: As an evangelical Christian, we are told scripturally to tithe—give a tenth of our income—to our local church. What your dad gives you is not income. That’s a gift. You tithing on his income—he’s already tithed on it. That’s just money he’s given you to go to school with. That isn’t an earned income. You can, if you want to, give some of that. That’s fine.

You probably don’t need to increase your giving, but you can if you want to. I wouldn’t do it out of guilt. There’s nothing spiritually wrong with building up some cash. I think it’s probably a good plan with you being in school to have some cash built up. But if you feel led to give some of it, that’s fine.