“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’” –Luke 14:28-30
Taking the leap of faith from where you currently are to where God wants you to be mentally can look like an awesome task. When you lift your first foot up to move forward, every part of your soul will scream “What if you’re making a mistake” “what if it doesn’t work?” How would you respond?
These are natural and valid questions that will race through your mind, and you shouldn’t ignore or hide from them. What you need to do is answer them! Look at every question “eye to eye”, face every fear and examine every doubt with total honesty. Only then can you make strong decisions about them and about your life. There is nothing wrong with taking a good look at a situation before you step out in faith. On the other hand, this should not serve as an excuse for not pursuing the rightful place where God wants you to be. Jesus said, “Count the cost.”
The Beginning of Counting the Cost: Choice and Courage
Some when considering the possibilities to pursue their God-given destiny shy away from that call or dream. Gazing onto unknown territory, going into a place you have never gone before, brings into focus a reality that wasn’t there before. All of a sudden you begin to consider the cost. Is it worth it? Some may say, I don’t like what I’m doing, but I’m O.K. I don’t like my job, but I’m comfortable. They may have a sense that they are called and probably capable of doing greater things but the comfort zone they are in overpowers their resolve. If they have a family financial security comes to mind. The cost of a calling or dream is not something everyone is willing to pay. The Gospel of Mark narrates the incident when a rich young man approached Jesus wanting to obtain eternal life.
“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. -Mark.10:21-22
Choices matter, you fall or rise on them. The first thing you should know when ready to pursue your call or dream is “making the right choice.” Not choosing to grow over staying where you are; preferring stagnation over courage. By embracing God’s given opportunities to propel you to your right place in life will always result in tragedy.
The first two lessons to learn in pursuing your call or dream are:
1. How and when to make choices.
2. How to be courageous enough when putting them to action, even before you begin to count the cost.
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