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I enjoy watching HGTV. I am especially hooked on any shows that feature home renovations. Often I find one which will feature a homeowner who begins a project but gives up somewhere in the midst of the project and usually when the mess is at its worst.

One day, Jesus addressed a large crowd which had been following Him. Jesus was a popular guy. But He knew something many in the crowd did not yet realize – the cost of following Him. So in telling them to follow Him, he also said …

“But don’t begin until you count the cost,for who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” (Luke 14:28, NLT)

Jesus was not looking for a hasty or emotional decision. He was looking for those who would be faithful to Him, choosing to stick with Him no matter how difficult the days would become.

Let’s face it – Jesus was exciting. Miracles were happening and He was turning the social order upside down.

But Jesus knew all things and He knew what lay ahead for His band of brothers in the short years ahead – ridicule, rejection, persecution, disappointments, and death.

9780800726720In her book, Taming the To-Do List, Glynnis Whitwer writes:

“It matters to Jesus that we finish what we start. And it matters that others will look at our lives and see how well we follow through on our commitments. And one way we finish well is to count the cost of our choices.” (page 52)

Taming The To-Do List addresses the fact that we are carrying a burden each day we truly cannot meet. We have more demands on our lives than ever before. But are we counting the cost and doing our best work? This is the one of the questions Glynnis explores.

This book is rich with solid and biblical wisdom to help every woman prioritize her life. The suggestions will help many to choose their best work over their busy work.

We all have choices to make each day as to the responsibilities and activities we will do. We all are given the same 24 hour segment of time, called a day. How will we spend it? The choice is ours to make. And we make it every single day.

God has placed potential in each of our lives to fulfill His purposes while here on earth. But we are the ones who must make the determination to steward our stories well.

May we make Him a priority in our lives each day.

May we not leave any projects left unfinished.

Calculate the cost.


This is Day 6 of 31 Questions Jesus Asked. You can find the entire series here.

Today I am joining … Three Word Wednesday and  Wedded Wednesday and Tell His Story and Women With Intention and Literacy Musing Mondays and Booknificent Thursdays and First Friday Book Faves .

*** I received a copy of this book from Revell for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.