Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Count the Cost



Before!
A few years ago, I decided it was time to do a kitchen remodel.  While my husband was at work I thought I’d just pull up one small, tiny inconspicuous ceramic tile.  No one would ever know!  The test tile came up with ease--so--I tried just one more.

When my husband came home that evening the whole kitchen floor was removed, and I had partially taken down one of the kitchen walls. 
  
What seemed like a great idea at the time—turned out to be a four month ordeal washing dishes in the bathroom sink and sometimes the bathtub, cooking all our meals in the microwave (okay, maybe we do that all the time) but I did developed a serious cough from the dust that lasted until the end of the remodel.  

Normally, a person would plan ahead before the demolition--I did not!   I had not per-ordered cupboards or counter-tops, each of these can take weeks to a month to arrive.  I did not have a construction person lined up.  Nor did I prepared for the rubbish that needed to be hauled away. 

My kitchen turned out beautiful, but it would have been a much better experience had I planned it out better before diving in.  

 "Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?"   Luke 14:27-28

After!
Counting the cost doesn't mean you never move forward.  These scriptures aren't giving the Believer a forever pass to stand at the drawing board planning but never doing.  

Sooner or later you're gonna have to remove that first floor tile.  It will be a better experience, if you prepare before hand for what is coming.  

Count the cost--then get on your knees and get to work.


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