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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: COST 

 

cost

 

GO.

When I look back on some of the bigger decisions I’ve made in my life, I’ve realized that I’m not very good at stopping to consider the way my choices might directly affect other people.

Take my decision to move to South Africa, for example.

Before deciding to extend my study permit in Cape Town and eventually marry a South African man, I selfishly thought about all the things and people I would miss in the U.S. by taking up permanent residency in a foreign country . . . but I gave little thought to the impact my choice would have on those closest to me.

When we made the (rather quick) decision to adopt our oldest child after already having two biological kids, I had little time to process all that our decision could entail — I just trusted that it was God’s will, and took the next step. At the time, I did not consider the impact our decision might have on other people.

I could go on, but you get the picture.

I have not always counted the cost beyond the potential impact on my own life.

I have thought of myself before others.

As I recognize the depth of my own selfishness I’m convicted by Philippians 2:3-4:

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” 

I thank God that He did not put Himself first when He sacrificed His Son on the cross so I could be set free.

STOP.

 

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