I've mentioned on this blog before that I pay tithing, and that I feel that I receive a lot of blessings as a result. Here's the most recent:
Every now and then, my previous employer will call me up and ask me to do small jobs for them. Shortly after we moved into our new house, he called me up and asked if I could do a project. It was a fairly good-sized project, and I told him my estimate would be $1500-$2000, but I ended up turning it down because I wanted to spend my few free evening hours working on my novel rather than programming.
Well, the next day, we got a visit from the water company. Apparently our house was using 15,000 gallons of water a day. We called a plumber who discovered there was actually a couple leaks--one of them underneath the concrete slab that our house was built on. The estimate? $1590.
Well, since we had just bought a house, we had no money left. Without the side-job from my previous employer, we would have been in trouble. I called up my old boss, told him I'd do it, and spent the next couple weeks of evenings working on it.
The final bill was $1725, which after I paid tithing, covered all but $40 of the plumbing bill.