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Sure, you could save your refund for a rainy day, but somewhere in the world someone is already having a rainy day.  Lutheran disaster relief is still at work in Louisiana to cleanup after Hurricane Katrina. 

 


Weekly Reflection: Pastor Dana Reardon
April 4 ,2007

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Put Your Tax Refunds to God's Use

I was just reading an article on "five things to do with your income tax return."  The last time I wrote about income taxes, someone wrote to me and asked, what refund?  I guess he is not getting one.  But the average refund is well over $2,000, so lots of people are getting them. 

The advice I read was about how to use the refund to increase your net worth. For some of us who are really struggling that may be important.  But for anyone who is not struggling, then maybe there are other things that can be done with an income tax return.

Any time there is money that is not already spoken for in your budget, it is a time really to pray about where it should be spent or on what.

I always talk about tithing, but I know it is difficult for a lot of people to get there because of financial commitments they already have. If you are house poor or have already borrowed for other things it might be hard suddenly to begin to give 10 percent, even if you feel called to.  But your tax return is not already committed to the mortgage or the car payment or whatever. 

Sure, you could save your refund for a rainy day, but somewhere in the world someone is already having a rainy day.  Lutheran disaster relief is still at work in Louisiana to cleanup after Hurricane Katrina. 

I was just speaking on the phone today with a pastor who works with AIDS orphans in South Africa.  They have nothing saved for a rainy day and could use your help.

So maybe there is a way to increase your net worth with this money.  Your worth as a person, your worth as a Christian, your worth as a child of God.  No, the truth is your worth as a child of God was assured many years ago for most of you, in your baptism.

What you would really be doing is helping someone in need know what their worth is as a child of God.  Sometimes when things are difficult we all need to be reminded of God's abundant love for us.  What better way could your tax return be used than to help God say, "I love you."

Lord,
You showed me my real net worth when you came in the flesh and died for me.  May I help to spread that message with what you have given me. 
Amen


Copyright 2007, The Rev. Dana Reardon. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Email her at mspastor@aol.com.



The Rev. Dana Reardon is pastor at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Warwick, RI.  A lifelong Lutheran, she came to ordained ministry after 21 years in nursing, mostly in pediatric intensive care.  She graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1998 and served 4 years in Upstate New York before becoming a New Englander.  She is still trying to understand the accent.  While in the Upstate New York Synod she chaired the Stewardship Team.  That began her fascination with what makes stewards -- and more, what makes for generosity. She has three amazing daughters: Pastor Reardon says much of what she knows of life she learned from them.