As we have explored the topic of giving attitude has been emphasized. One could even say how I give is as important as what (how much) I give.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, NIV)
We give based on what we have decided in our hearts to give. What we have decided in our hearts is founded on our understanding of the blessings we enjoy in Christ.
The attitude of giving is such that giving produces gains, not losses. In giving we enjoy something and not lose something. The gift of giving produces much in our our lives – when it is done with a cheerful heart.
The best place to develop a giving habit is with your local church. It is becoming more popular for people to completely manage all of their contributions apart from their local church. For many different reasons people are wanting to control their giving. Honestly, there have been times in my life when I gave minimal amounts to the local church and self directed much of my giving. I have, however, come to realize that if you are to entrust your spiritual life to a congregation, you should also entrust your giving to that church body.