Luke 14:28 (NRSV)
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?
1 Corinthians 9:26 (NLT)
So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
Before you commit to something, count the cost, otherwise you won’t stick with it. It is impossible to stand by a commitment thoughtlessly made. Commitment only works when you count the cost and agree in advance to pay the price.
Once you commit, you will be tested in 3 ways:
1 – You will experience failure at times.
Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton says “Achieving that goal is a good feeling, but to get there you have to also get through the failures.”
2 – You will have to stand alone at times.
When you want to accomplish something, people will try to distract you, challenge you, or have you settle for less. At those times you have to ask, who are you trying to please. Galatians 1:10 says “Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
3 – You will face some deep disappointments.
When the enemy attacks, will you be able to carry on. It depends on your willingness to renew your commitment each day. William H. Murray once said “…the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.” This commitment will help you to overcome life’s obstacles.
Success is generally due to holding on & the unwillingness to let go. Are you committed to Jesus Christ & His Kingdom?