Every Decision Has a Price Tag
“It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows” (Proverbs 20:25 NIV).
You only have a certain number of days. Every time you give a minute of your life to anything, you’re giving a piece of your life away. You’ll never get that minute back. When you give your time to something, you’re giving a piece of your life for it.
That’s why every decision has a price tag. Every decision will cost you time, money, energy, reputation, talents, or resources. There’s always an investment to be made.
Proverbs 20:25 says, “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows” (NIV). It is a trap to decide without deliberating, to make a promise without pondering, to make a commitment without first considering the cost.
We even say this when people come to Saddleback Church and consider giving their lives to Christ. We tell people to take time to make the right decision. I’m convinced that if they sincerely consider the claims of Christ and the benefits that he offers if they place their faith in him, they will make the right decision.
One of the rules of life is that it’s always easier to get in than to get out. It’s easier to get into a relationship than get out. It’s easier to get into debt than to get out. It’s easier to fill your schedule than fulfill your schedule.
There is a price tag with every decision. Count the cost.
Talk It Over
- Every decision has a price tag. How have you seen this to be true in your life?
- Why is it sometimes difficult to answer someone with “I’ll get back to you”?
- How has counting the cost kept you from making what you believe would have been a bad decision?
This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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