Yesterday afternoon I was off to do my taxes. Another one of those things I’m thankful I had time to take care of this week.
Doing my taxes is something I never have enjoyed doing. I’m not a math person. Numbers are not my forte.
My students even know that. I share with them that math did not come easy to me. I always made good grades in it. Because I worked at it. Because we need it. We use it every day. To pay our bills. To buy our groceries. To do our jobs. And to do our taxes.
That doesn’t mean I liked it. I still don’t. I’m a reading and writing, ELA kind of girl.
I tell them it’s okay if they feel the same. Some things in life you just have to do. Whether you love them or not. Things like do your homework. Mind your teachers and parents. Clean your room. And pay your taxes.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take taxes over the alternative.
We all want money back. That’s our ultimate goal. A refund check.
We juggle the numbers any way we can to make that work. And most of my life I got one. That’s the joys of middle class America. Many of us have those checks spent before we even get them back. It’s the American way.
Many of us feel entitled to that money. We pay into it our entire working lives, we want it back. And Pronto!
Do you realize that’s kind of how it is with our God? We invest in his kingdom every day, every year, over the course of our lifetime. With our time, our lives, the people we touch, and the choices we make each day. And our check in the mail, our refund check so to speak, is the blessings he bestows upon us. His favor. And in the end, that final paycheck can be cashed in for eternity spent with him. That day comes when we face that other certainty, and we no longer have to pay our taxes.
Let’s all pay our taxes. Fairly. With a joyful heart. It’s called doing the right thing. God’s word tells us to pay to all what is owed them. Then when that refund check arrives, may you reap the benefits of your hard labor. April 15th will be here before you know it!
For because of this you also pay taxes. For the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:6-7
Love and laughter,