“But don’t begin until you count the cost ….”. Luke 14:28a (NLT)
Goals. Have you ever set a goal for yourself and then backed away from it? Maybe it was about running a race, or maybe it was about starting a new dietary regime, or maybe it was about developing a new habit or quitting an old one. You were excited when you started, but somewhere along the way it got more difficult than you realized it would. You failed to count the cost. You failed to count it accurately. I do it too sometimes.
Some goals do not have a very high cost. Others do. And usually the bigger goals — the higher goals — have a higher cost.
But the best things are worth it, aren’t they?
As I sit on the eve of one of the highest goals I have ever dreamed — one of the biggest assignments God has ever given me — I am soberly counting the cost. Extremely grateful to have the chance, but not wanting to arrive at midpoint, realizing that I failed to count the cost accurately. There are things I have to die to … and things I will have to carry … to do this journey well. Am I really willing? Really? For the long haul?
As a follower of Jesus, I look to Him as my example. He had the highest goal of all — to redeem and save mankind. He also paid the highest price. And for Him, it was worth it.
Am I willing? Yes.
Am I scared? Yes.
And having counted the cost to the best of my ability, I claim and cling to the truth of Philippians 4:13, that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
And so can you.