“There are two paths people can take. They can either play now and pay later or pay now and play later. Regardless of the choice, one thing is certain. Life will demand a payment.” – John Maxwell
I used to write a lot more than I do today. Some articles I have written have thousands of views, I was starting to make money, I developed a coaching business, and then I happened. I didn’t know the price that had to be paid so I decided to pay another price. Everything I had worked two years to build came to a screeching halt.
I used the excuse that God has a bigger calling than this for me. I used that for several years to pay a cheaper price than needed to be payed. And, it caught up with me in 2014.
The Price I Should Have Paid
I had a savior complex. I knew everything and I knew how to do anything the right way, just ask me. But, I was never willing to pay the price of learning, growing, and listening to others. So when I fell, I fell hard. The good news is today, I listen and know nothing, and I learn a lot more.
Dr. Maxwell was obviously talking about work and success when he wrote that quote. This can also be said about our growth in Christ too. Jesus never said His death and resurrection were to make our lives easier. He did say, “Take up your cross and follow me.” I’m learning this more
I am re-reading Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits and am amazed at how little I learned from him the first three times I read it. Everything he writes is about paying the price. The first is the paradigm shift. We have to let God change the way we see the world. Covey doesn’t say God but for me that is the only way to real change
Letting God in is a high price to pay when you’re running the show. It took eight years for my life and learning to come full circle, and I thank God for another chance to start writing again. Even if these seem like the ramblings of a mad man.