How many times do you ask yourself this question?
Unless you have a black AmEx card or unlimited trust fund, you likely weigh the cost of items against the benefit gained. A new pair of shoes, a certain cut of meat, a new sofa.
Sometimes it is well worth it. Other times you decide to pass.
You may even later regret the choice you made. But you still made a calculated decision.
Do you do the same for your spiritual choices?
I’m not talking about the big ones, the ones that leave you begging God to intervene. I’m talking about the little day-to-day ones that destroy your peace, one rotten worm at a time.
For me, it was the neighbor’s dog.
This dog had been let loose and kept coming into my yard, claiming it as his own. He’d pee all over my porch and aggressively antagonize my dogs. They became scared to go outside in their own yard and we would have to stand next to them just so they could relieve themselves.
I was upset.
About five days in, I realized that my simmering frustration had given way to full-blown anger. And it was affecting every area of my life.
It is hard to write about the peace of God when you no longer feel it.
It is hard to sleep at night when you are boiling over inside.
And it is hard to keep the anger inside from manifesting in your conversations with others.
I had to weigh the cost.
Now I’ll be honest. I love my dogs like they are my own children.
And I’m a mama bear when it comes to my kids.
So this wasn’t an easy decision.
That, in itself, was a little frightening.
But I knew that allowing the situation to rob me of life, of peace, of a right relationship with God was NOT worth the price. Not at all.
It took me about three more days before I was able to let it go.
It took prayer, asking God for help.
It took compassion, knowing the neighbors were going through a difficult time that made my inconvenience pale in comparison.
It even took understanding of the dog, who wanted the same attention we showed our own dogs after being forgotten in the midst of their struggles. He wasn’t a mean dog; just huge and instinctively responding to our dogs’ fear.
The bottom line was, right or wrong, I had to let it go.
There’s no such thing as justified anger with God.
As soon as I did, the situation resolved itself.
Weigh the cost of your spiritual decisions. The Lord has already paid the price.