Paying the Price

Doing whatever it takes or costs to accomplish a task or goal

Every vocation calls for sacrifices of time, energy, mind, and body.  Vince Lombardi

 I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhammad Ali

 To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.  Anatole France  

   Many assume “Paying the Price” refers to the cost of purchasing something we wish to obtain. The connotation is the cost in dollars and cents. In a larger sense this phrase captures the concept of what it costs or takes to accomplish any task or goal. If it is really important to us, are we willing to pay the price with our time and effort? Are we prepared to do whatever it takes or is required to get what we want?

    Many people “paid the price” throughout history to accomplish worthwhile goals and causes. Early settlers; those brought here in chains; immigrants from all over the world, and even those who “sneaked” across the border paid a price to be here. Some of these “counted the cost” before they came while others had no choice in the matter. Many suffered, persevered and endured ordeals and hardships to achieve personal liberty, success, freedom of worship and a long list of various reasons. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one example of someone who counted the cost and willingly paid the price to try to achieve equality and freedom from discrimination.

    If we look around, we can see those who are paying the price to achieve goals, dreams and aspirations. Chances are many of us have had at least a taste of success at this. When we set our sights on achieving a goal, fulfilling a dream, or accomplishing a task; using discipline, focus and hard work; ultimately we pay the price and tasted victory. Whatever was required, whatever it took; we persevered and did it. Sometimes the price was easy and reasonable and sometimes it may have seemed more than we were capable of paying.

   One of the qualities of the human condition is our ability to face hardships, overwhelming odds and obstacles. We can persevere and endure and ultimately accomplish great undertakings. It has been done throughout history and continues to be done today. It knows no nationality, race, gender or religion. It is part of our humanity.

   If we determine to pay the price, chances are we will succeed. It may be overwhelming, but if we are determined to pay it, chances are we will succeed. Success is there waiting for us. If our desire and commitment is great enough there is little we cannot do or accomplish. The question is “are we willing to pay the price”?

 Challenge: You should be able to look back and really relish those successes where you had to work hard and pay a price to get what you wanted. These victories should give a sense of confidence, accomplishment, and pride. You should have the belief in yourself that you can do it again. You succeeded before and you can do it again.  Look at those things you really want to get done, count the cost; go, pay the price and get it done. 

 Wisdom: Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown. Ross Perot

 Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

 The fruit of righteousness will be peace: the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

 The Bible is full of promises, teachings, and parables about the benefits of righteous and spiritual living. God promises good things to those who pursue the righteous life. The concept of paying the price has both a positive and a negative connotation. In a sense we will receive the kind of life for which we are willing to pay the price. God will reward us for living a righteous life. We actually penalize ourselves for living a sinful life.

Prayer:  Help me to listen and understand. Help me to let go and let you. Please point me in the right direction.

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