What Is the Cost?
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What Is the Cost?
By Lois Parker Edstrom
The lesson could be enhanced by inviting a child or an adult who has achieved a degree of excellence in pursuit of a goal, to share what was required of them in training, practice time and preparation.
Have you every saved money to buy something special? If you have, you made choices along the way. You decided that you would give up things you want at the moment so you could have something better in the future.
Perhaps you are working toward a personal goal. There are kids who love sports and get up early in the morning to swim, ice skate or turn out with a soccer team. Other kids like music and set aside time during the day to practice their instruments. Some kids decide to put their energies into homework and achieve excellence in their studies. Can you think of other examples?
Children who work toward a goal, whatever the goal may be, are individuals who make choices everyday. They set aside other things they may want to do to make time for their sport, music, studies or other interest. They know that by continuing to practice they will get closer to the goal of becoming the best that they can be. This type of dedication is not easy. It has a cost.
In the Bible Jesus talks about the cost and commitment necessary to be a Christian. He is talking to large crowds of people who are traveling with him. He said, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?” (14:28).
He is telling them that there is a cost to being a Christian. It is not easy. A commitment must be made to put Christ first. That decision requires that we make good choices everyday to help us reach that goal. We may have to give up things we would like to do or have at the moment to have something better in the future. That is the cost. But, if we do that, Christ promises to be with us to help us — always.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2011, Richard Niell Donovan