What’s It Cost?

What’s the cost of following a dream?

Dreams aren’t free. You pay to follow a dream. Costs are measured in dollars, time, effort, and emotion.

How do you decide if following a dream is “worth it”?

Frankly, I don’t know how you answer that question. I suppose you can weigh anticipated risk against predicted reward, but I don’t think the decision to follow a dream depends on a balance sheet.

In fact, I’d bet most dreams wouldn’t survive an up-front cost-benefit analysis. I think you follow a dream despite potential risk
or cost.

A DREAM is a God-inspired desire to use your gifts and passions to serve and change the world.

When you respond to a God-inspired desire, I think you’re all-in. Jesus called it “counting the cost.”

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? (Luke 14:28)

Jesus was talking about the cost of following Him. He admonished listeners to understand that following Him requires total commitment. You don’t get to hold anything back.

That’s kind of how it is to follow a dream. You jump into the deep end without knowing where it’ll lead or how it’ll turn out. You vow to do whatever it takes and trust God for the rest.

The size of your dream reflects the size of your God. If it doesn’t scare you, maybe you’re not dreaming big enough. It’s #1 on my list of What Did I Learn from Rich’s Ride:

Don’t allow your resources to determine your vision.

If the dream’s God-inspired, it’s worth it—whatever “it” happens to be.

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