AT A COST


Cost considerations are inevitable concerns when people are confronted with the need to make a decision concerning a decision or a tangible asset. A cost constraint is what throws some people out of a deal and keeps others on, especially if scarcity is added on top. Costs can sometimes be quite inconvenient. Costs will force us to assume our hunger, and redefine our tastes and preferences. Costs have made people fit in spaces they would never think about. 

All the good things in life come at a cost. Your dream car; the BMW X6, and Mercedes S-Class have some price tag on them. If you need that great house, you must be willing to part with a few bucks. Even that dream wedding you have been subconsciously scripting will require some financial muscle for it to materialize. 

I know you have a good taste. In fact, I would be more blatant to say that every mentally stable human being has a very refined taste. No one wants to live in the slum. No one wants to be on ‘footshubishi’ all the time. No one wants to be defaulting with the rent all the time. No one wants to be on the borrowing end all the time. The fact that everyone has a good taste, is seen in the fact that we tend to respect and admire expensive stuff. There is some degree of satisfaction that comes with being allowed to occupy a seat at a space labeled ‘reserved.’

However, between us and our preferred destination, is a monster called costs. Costs will make a few people get the BMWs, force others to settle for other manageable locomotives, and push Gog and Magog to PSV. Costs keep a great majority huddled in tenements, while only a few are able to suffice the demand for gated communities. So, it would be a mistake of no mean promotion to harbour a discord between costs and preferred destination. 

What about the non-goodies? Do you think they are cheap or free? Haven’t you heard the sages say, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance?” Even the valueless things of this world come at a cost. While an apple a day is costly, no apple a day will lead you to pay the doctor. No philanthropist is giving liquor and cigars for a God bless you. Even the pornographic distributing industries do not give them for free as an act of altruism. People have to pay for them, or else not get them. However, these tyrants are not patient enough to crowd out people, but they put you in a situation where you can’t help but go for them at any price. Imagine buying seeds of death at any price? This could be the scariest thing with any product whose supply is sustained by addiction. 

Prophet Jonah had an option of taking a fully funded mission to Nineveh. But he opted for a trip to Tarshish, at a cost. He paid for a trip to three days in the belly of a fish.  While the good stuff is costly, the bad things are also not free. We often pay our own assassins and get ourselves on the path to the netherworld. What misappropriation of funds! Anyone who spends money on sustaining addiction should not be re-elected. I am de-campaining them from being trusted with duties of life. Assuming I am the electorate, can you be re-elected?

Maybe Christ had the best analogy, in the gospel according to Luke:

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,  saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.    [Luke 14:28-33]

Cost is the great giant manning the entrance to our preferred destination. Before signing up for anything, is it not wise to count the cost first? It stultifies and spoils the name to sign up for something that you cannot afford. You become a laughing stock when you go for something you cannot afford. Spare yourself the shame and pain of taking back to the shelves that product that ends up outmaneuvering your wallet.

Some people tend to ignore the costs by hoping to be free riders. But it should be clear that free-riding works best in a hypothetical market, or at best, in the commodity market. Life has a way of dealing with free-riders, and this is non-negotiable. 

Can you afford it? 

 Can you afford the cost of promiscuity? Can you afford the cost of impiety? Can you afford the cost of laziness? Can you afford the cost of impiety? Can you afford the cost of the product you are ordering now? If not, then avoid it.

“Those who are willing to make any sacrifice for eternal life, will have it; and it will be worth suffering for, worth crucifying self for, and sacrificing every idol for. The far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory swallows up everything and eclipses every earthly pleasure.”

—Counsels for the Church P. 42

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