For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? (Luke 14:28 NRSV)

How many of you know how to add? Subtract? Multiply? Divide? It is wonderful to learn new things, isn't it? For simple numbers, some of us may have started out using our fingers. 1-2-3-4, etc. After we reach 10 though we would be in trouble, wouldn't we? Of course we could take off our shoes and socks and count on our toes. Later we learn to add figures on paper and to know without using our fingers that 2 + 2 = 4. When we get to big numbers, though, it is nice to have a calculator.

Jesus one day talked about people being silly enough to begin building a tower before figuring out how much it was going to cost. Why is that silly? They might run out of money before they finish. Then they would have an unfinished tower which would look terrible. Of course Jesus wasn't talking about building towers at all. He was talking about building a life. It is important to think about those things that really matter in life right from the very beginning. Like being honest and helping other people.

It's important to know that two and two makes four. It's even more important to figure out that Jesus Christ is the one who brings us close to God.

Dear God, help me today to focus on what is really important. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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