I’ve counted up the cost, and you are worth it


“I’ve counted up the cost, and you are worth it.”

It’s a line from an Irish band, Rend Collective Experiment. It’s also a thought that has been tugging at my soul tonight. As I sit here alone, I am thankful for the place God has allowed me to be, even if it is not what I imagine as ideal. There has been a cost to following after Christ, to live life deliberately, to live on the edge…to be ready, at a moment’s notice, to walk in faith…

Many of you will have no idea what I mean. Let me fill you in….

Imagine you are at WalMart and you see a haggard woman  sitting on a bench across from the checkout lanes. She has a saddened look on her face, about to cry, and you think about how sad this picture is….when, you have an unmistakable urge, against your own will, to go talk with the lady.

“But I don’t talk to strangers. After all, that’s “stranger danger!”

But that may not be the way the living God works. You think that someone is responsible for this poor lady? Maybe…but, when God changes your direction, the only thing you can do is obey. If you do, you will feel great…

So, you sit down next to the haggard woman. She is homeless. She stepped into walMart because the heat is on and it comes out near the bench.

It’s not what you would be thinking about- of course. You are still wondering…if all the Duck Dynasty shirts are really sold out…thinking…about the sexiest cologne or perfume in that aisle near the soap…trying to recall…what the dog needs…

No, you wouldn’t naturally think of the haggard lady…unless you have taken up the cross. Once you take up the cross and try to live like Jesus lived, so much changes, you see the love of God working through you changing lives. And that is way more awesome than any religion…after all, when was the last time you actually affected someone’s life drastically, changed by  compassion?

With God’s vision of the world, faith takes over…

But there is a cost. You will be persecuted. I have. You may lose your job because someone lies, cheats, smears your innocence. You may lose your husband or wife because they would rather live life selfishly. You may go hungry one night…or one day…you may be homeless…but living life abundantly in God means that you are trusting the one who has the power to give you any job, change any circumstance, and break through the evil in the world to bring you peace and restoration.

I can attest to this personally, but that is for a testimony out there…in the world where the haggard woman sits…where the lonely man cries alone in his car…where the little girl woke up this morning cold and in a house with colder hearts…where so many live in hopelessness…unaware of the outrageous grace of a gentle but all powerful loving God…

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About thelostkerryman

Thelostkerryman is an author, and entrepreneur- this side of Tir Na N'Og- living in the forests of a consistently confused country. Here in this hill country, hurling doesn't usually involve a hurley, store-made soda bread resembles an inedible Irish megalith, and Kerrygold is only found hidden like a luck penny in the belly of Kroger. His blogs are an account of his adventures, thoughts, eclectic -and eccentric- ramblings, random or insightful poetry, humor and non-humor, pictures (photos), video, essays, fiction, poetic fiction, nonfiction, drama, and writing he has not classified in the description above. All of his posts from thelostkerryman.wordpress.com, talesinastrangerstrangerland@wordpress.com, everydayasadisciple@wordpress.com, and mrandmrsboring.wordpress.com are copywrited according to international copywrite law.
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4 Responses to I’ve counted up the cost, and you are worth it

  1. directorb says:

    Good thoughts!

  2. Java Girl says:

    That was beautiful.

  3. Beautiful write…if only we would all walk like Christ what a beautiful world.

  4. Reblogged this on thelostkerryman and commented:

    A thought for this season…

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