Good News: Tyrone Hawley – Financial Increase
Our Editor Al continues his series here on WitnessLA called “Good News”. God loves us deeply, and He wants to show Himself to be good in our everyday lives. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with bad news, the articles in this series are meant to highlight God’s goodness in the lives of everyday people.
In this next interview, Tyrone Hawley shares about what it means to give with a cheerful heart, and how God blessed him at his work place once he began tithing.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:18)
Q: What motivated you to begin tithing?
A: A guest speaker at the church I attend told a story that really put things in perspective for me. He shared a story for us about the Civil War between the North and the South. I don’t want to get into a long history lesson here so I’ll make a long story short. The value of the Confederate dollar was worthless after the North defeated the South. The millionaires who invested so much time into making money now had a bank full of worthless paper. The guest speaker paralleled this story with the day in our lives when money would mean nothing and the only thing that would matter is how we used our lives to serve God. This story impacted me big time.
Q: Tell us about the financial breakthrough you experienced after you began tithing.
A: Two weeks after I began to tithe I was promoted at work to a position that paid roughly double than the position that I previously worked. I definitely didn’t approach tithing with a motive that involved selfish gain but God saw it fit to bless me. As my income increased, so did my giving.
Q: What does giving with a “cheerful heart” mean to you personally?
A: To me, giving with a cheerful heart means giving what I’ve decided to give because I want to give it. When I ask a sibling or a friend for something, I want them to give it to me because they love me, not because they feel obligated to. I would rather have someone tell me “no” than to give me something with a bad attitude. As far as giving to God, I feel like everything I have is His to begin with. I have no problem giving Him a portion of what already belongs to Him.
Q: What have you learned about God from this experience?
A: This experience confirmed my belief that I serve a faithful God of justice. I know that God will fulfill all of His promises. I am very humbled at the fact that the mighty God of the universe takes time to bless me, a mere man.
Q: What would you say to those Christians who are hesitant to tithe?
A: That’s an easy one. I would hand them a bible and tell them to look up Malachi 3:10