Balance the Scales

29 Sep

In the Gospel of Luke Jesus is says, “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?”

Whether you want it or not, life changes.  When you passively wait for life to calm down all you are doing is letting it slip away from your control.  Like a rough tide on the ocean, it will eventually drag you down.  When we decide on a course for our own life all we are really doing is determining what style of ship is necessary to navigate the rough seas ahead.  In order to be successful we must count the cost.

Think of your life like a business, in fact the most important venture you could ever run.  You have assets and expenditures.  Assets increase in value over time and promote a healthy state of affairs.  Expenses cost something, and if improperly managed will bankrupt your business.  The first step in building the right vessel is building the balance sheets of your business.

Create a list with three columns: assets, expenses, and motivation.  Remember, these can be either physical or intangible (car, house, or wife’s support).  In the motivation column write out the importance to your life on a scale of one through ten.  Remember, we are not trying to “cook the books” but create a balanced approach to your life.

What does the list look like?  Take some time to perfect it and once your done use your list as the starting point for what you want to do with the rest of your life.

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