I was reminded of something that I have been saying a lot lately last night. I have been saying that we only have a few heartbeats in this life. That we need to be mindful because we don’t know when our time is up. Yesterday, I got news from a friend of one of my old soldiers that I was very close to, passing away. It was like a gut shot. I hadn’t seen him since Germany but found myself crying in my car as I got the news. He had made some life choices that may have ultimately played a part in him passing away. I know how choices come with a cost. I am about to make it personal. Every year at this time I think of my mother. My mother was a drinker. Drinking affected our family, my parents and their marriage, truth be told it shaped the course of our family in many ways. Many scars left behind to this day. . Drinking played a big part in her passing away. I had an uncle who for quite some time, he did drugs. Although he had finally stopped. The years of abusing his body, caused him to die. I know of folks who chose unhealthy habits, relationships, and ways who eventually, those choices cost them their lives in some way shape, or form. Some of us have lost our peace behind poor decisions, lost your joy.. Lost your way with Christ because of choices.. 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 I am saying every decision that we make comes with a price. Every decision will cost you either time, or money, or energy, or your reputation, or your talents, and resources. There’s always an investment that will be made when we make choices. Proverbs 20:25 says, “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows”. It is a trap to decide without thinking first, to make a promise without considering, to make a commitment without first being sure of the cost. When I offer Christ to others, I often ask them to consider what they are doing. A commitment comes with it. A cost comes with it truth be told. I’m convinced that if they sincerely consider the words of Christ and the benefits that he offers if they place their faith in him, they will make the right decision. One of the truths 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. Easier to get into trouble than to get out. My nugget is short today. As I think of the decisions of those folks who I cared about that came with a great cost.
Marinade on this scripture… Don’t breeze over it… Proverbs 20:25 says, “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows” There is a price tag with every decision. Consider if it’s worth it..