How many things in life would you not have done if you had just taken time to think things through? It’s so easy to jump at first thought, but it makes more sense to sit down and think things out. Regardless of what your desires in life may be, it is smart to count the cost. (Luke 14:28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?) To think ahead means to anticipate things not going exactly as planned, it means to do some premeditation about the possibilities that may come your way. Ask yourself if what you are entering into is something you will or can follow through with. Unrealistic goals set you up to fail, then you have to deal with the frustration and problems the failure may cause. Before you make any commitment, even a small one, ask yourself if I have the time and energy to fulfill this commitment. If the answer is no, don’t commit to it. There is nothing impossible with God, but many of us have failed to fulfill our ventures due to cost, time, energy, and abilities required. Stop, talk it over, ask God to help you decide. You’ll be surprised how much energy you will have to do the things you need to do in life when you think things out before volunteering. Pastor Don [image: image.png]