“Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’” Lu.14:29-30
Yesterday, we learnt that the Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating blow on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Some victories deal more devastating blows to the victors. So the question is, is that argument really important? Is it more important for you to win the argument and lose your spouse? Is it worth it to get that money and lose the trust of your spouse? Is this issue so important that you will lose sight of the bigger things of life? Is it worth it to sleep with someone you are not supposed to sleep with just to buy a new handbag? Is that victory? The bag is the trophy for fornication and adultery? Is that the victory? What about the blow it has dealt to your soul? Can you recover? The principle of economy puts these questions at our doorsteps.
The principle of economy simply states, “never spend more men and resources than is necessary to achieve an objective”. You have an objective as a family; never spend more men and resources than necessary. Great leaders conserve resources. Great leaders are willing to pass on an opportunity if they cannot justify exploiting it. The same way it is not every battle you fight, it is not every opportunity you exploit. Great leaders have a way of looking at an opportunity and deciding the ones to pass on.
Life does not only present us with battles, life presents us with opportunities and it is not every opportunity that you take. You are excited about the opportunity to do that business. My question to you is, has God called you to do it? You cannot be blinded by how juicy the opportunity is.
Life teaches us that it is not every opportunity you take and I can give you several examples. For instance, every lady that comes to puberty has a menstrual circle approximately every month. And that is an opportunity to have a child. What will happen to the woman that insists on seizing every opportunity to have a child? But God keeps bringing it every month just to teach us that it is not every opportunity you should take.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I ask for the grace and the discernment not to miss out on the lessons You are teaching me even with my own life, in Jesus Name.