Counting The Cost

“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?” Luke 14:28

Imagine a natural disaster strikes your town and destroys everyone’s home, as well as the businesses, community services,counting the cost recreation areas, and houses of worship. The government predicts that it will take nearly a decade to rebuild. That’s what happened to Valmeyer, Illinois, during the 1993 Midwest floods. People who had been neighbors for most of their lives lost everything except their determination to stick together. So they decided to start over and rebuild together – in record time. To accomplish such a monumental task, people had to step away from their normal lives and commit to new tasks. After all, there were buildings to construct, federal and state funds to secure, and utilities and social services to restore. An entire town had to be relocated and rebuilt from the ground up. 

In this case, a little motivation went a long way. The $22 million project was to be completed by the end of 1996 – barely three years after the flood. The statement by Helen Keller, “Every day we should do a little more than is required,” could have been the motto of the people of Valmeyer. They took that sentiment to heart and rebuilt their town. 

Is there something in your life that you could accomplish much sooner by “counting the cost” and then doing a little extra every day, every week, or every month? Financial advisers tell us that home mortgages can be paid off years in advance by adding only $100 a month to the principal payment. Faster weight loss can be achieved by cutting out just 100 extra calories a day. Every project seems to have a momentum that is accelerated when we do “just a little more.” If we don’t count the cost and lay it out in front of us, we won’t know how much would be a little more.  Focus on something that is important to you and then map out a strategy for an “extra” touch.  

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