Payment, Cost And Value

Work on our kitchen progresses… On Tuesday Ricky the fitter asked me to pay the agreed outstanding balance. I went on line and paid the bill immediately.

This morning Ricky says: ‘Our accountant says you haven’t paid yet…’ ‘Oh yes I did…’ It was becoming a pantomime. I went online. The money hadn’t gone out of our account!

…Now we’ve paid for the kitchen… whether it’s good value we shall start to judge in a month’s time… and know in 5 years’ time.

I haven’t seen Stuart for some time. As long as I’ve known him he’s had a drink problem… he always said it was under control. I learnt recently that he’s receiving end of life care – his organs are failing due to years of alcohol abuse.

He has spent a lot of money on drink over the years; the cost to him and his family is much greater.


…Jesus’ on cost and value:

‘Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ (Luke 14:28-30)

‘What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?’ (Matthew 16:26)


…Friends choosing to pay for their health care, rather than go on long NHS waiting lists… the value of good health compared to the cost of treatment or surgery…

…Friends who’ve had an affair and been unfaithful to their wives/husbands/partners… what they paid financially… and the cost… emotional, relationships, feelings of guilt, failure…

…The cost of our kitchen… the value of family, friends, health… a faith that gives me a person to live with, a purpose to live for, a power to live by….

2 thoughts on “Payment, Cost And Value

  1. Counting the cost before doing something is wise, sensible. I regret that most of my life I didn’t, I was too impetuous.


  2. I find that getting the balance between the logical, formal and sensible with the intuitive, creative and experimental…. and spiritual, obedient and faith-full is a constant challenge… I just have to say I gave it thought and made a decision, It was my best at the time – I accept responsibility and live with the consequences – and that’s fine!


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