The same newspaper that reported in September 1997 Ted Turner's gift of $ 1 billion to various charities of the United Nations also reported the gift of a Mississippi washerwoman who gave $150,000 for scholarships to a local college. Both were significant. Both are to be praised. But one gave out of his abundance and the other out of her modest resources.

Everybody needs to give. Of course, good causes need to receive, but that is not the place to start thinking about stewardship. We all need to give. Rich people need to give. Poor people need to give. One minister reported that a wealthy, highly paid professional had told him he made too much money to tithe. He thought of others who said they made too little to tithe. The fact is that both were wrong. We all can tithe and we all can give -- and we should