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Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28
House hunting is the most nerve-wracking and fun experience ever. When my wife and I decided to go house hunting, we assumed it would be like an episode of House Hunters. On House Hunters, house buying is simple. You hire a charming real estate agent, and they show you three houses that are similar but different. One is something your spouse likes, one is something you like, and the last one is some level of compromise. You then go have lunch, pick between the three houses and live happily ever after. That is so not the case. After looking at no less than 75 different houses, we finally decided to go to a new home site and just build from scratch.
So off we went to a development that we had seen a thousand times. The homes started at a price point that we thought was doable, and then we saw what starting at means. We went on a great tour of the model home if the floor plan we liked. It was awesome, but the salesperson kept pointing to things and telling us that it was an upgrade. All the things that we liked, all the shiny toys, all the things that made the home unique, were all upgrades. My wife, being the person that she is, asked the salesperson to take us to a base model home. We drove across the development and saw what the starting price, with no upgrades, got us. It got us the basics, just the basics. So after seeing the basics and the cost of all the upgrades, we kept looking elsewhere.
Friends, in life you are going to have to decide two things: 1) what do you want and 2) what are you willing to pay for what you want. None of us have ever set out to have a basic life. We want to have a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful on others. The problem is that type of energy will cost you. It will cost you laziness, selfishness, a lot of long days, and a bunch of sleepless nights, but in the end, you will have the life that you wanted. So take some time, count the cost, and start building.