Is it worth it?

October 7, 2009

Sometimes we have an opportunity to grow and stretch our boundaries. And those opportunities come with a price. There is a cost in the time involved, so we ask ourselves, is it worth a weekend of our lives? And there is almost always a cost in dollars and cents. And we ask ourselves “it is worth my scarce resources?” We have to determine whether the money we are exchanging could be better used elsewhere. Not simply, “This is expensive!” We need to ask, “What else could I do with this money? Is there a better use?”

So the bottom line for investing in learning is this: will the exchange of time and money create a reward that is worth more than the time and money I gave for it? Sometimes that is easy to determine, sometimes it’s not.

We are usually not that analytical. Usually I just don’t have the time or money.

So the next time you are faced with an opportunity and there is an opportunity cost involved, don’t be too quick to say no, but don’t be too quick to say yes. Ask yourself, is it worth it? Count the cost.

In Luke 14 Jesus talks about this, both in terms of making financial decisions and the even greater decision as to whether or not we will follow him.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

31″Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (28-33)

Count the cost, make the wise choice.
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