Economics of the Interior Part 8: The Cost of Success

Every situation or your life includes alternatives. You were faced with many alternatives even today. Alternatives demand choices. You must continually choose the alternative you most highly desire. The cost of the alternative you choose is the value of the next highest alternative that was foregone in the selection process. In other words, the cost is the value of the alternative you could have had but decided to do without. 

Principle #6: Success in God’s Economic System Will Cost You Everything You Value More than God

When dealing with the economics of the interior it is imperative that we sit down and count the cost. We would not be considered a worthy construction superintendent if we failed to sit down and figure out the cost demands before we ventured into an important project. It was William Buckley who once said, Idealism is fine, but as idealism approaches realism . . . the cost may become prohibitive. 

It is not unusual for some people to consider the cost involved in a choice and then back away from the endeavor. The cost to them seems too prohibitive. Others, however, need only to have someone to come along and help them turn the price tag over so that they can more clearly understand the price/benefit ratio. 

The little story is told of the pig and the chicken standing on the curbside watching a great parade go by . . . and it was for such a wonderful cause. The chicken said to the pig, 

I would like to do something to help out these fine folks. Let’s get involved and help them. 
What do you have in mind, asked the pig? 
Well, I’ll bet they are hungry out there parading around . . . Maybe we could fix them a little breakfast. 
You mean like bacon and eggs? grunted the pig. 
No way . . . For you that would be contribution . . . for me that would be total commitment! 

The cost question is a prudent consideration. The choices regarding cost, however, seem to be the very on ramps to the interstate freeway of new opportunities and exciting adventures. The widow realized the oil and flour she gave up were very insignificant in comparison to what happened to them in historic retrospect. But she had to make that decision regarding the cost. The cost to the lad with the loaves and lox was small compared to the twelve basketsful left over, to say nothing of the multiplied amount that fed the 5,000 hungry people! But he was required to make a decision regarding the cost. 

When dealing with the economics of the interior, it makes good common sense that economic success will cost you every alternative that is not consistent with the principles prescribed for your everyday life.

  • God Has Given
  • God is Looking for a People
  • God’s Economic System is not Based on Greed
  • God Always Repays when you Give . . . but You don’t Give to Get
  • God’s Multiplication begins with Your Subtraction
  • Success in God’s Economic System will Cost You Everything You Value More than God

Next Week: Why is it so important to spend this much time on Economics of the Interior? 

(Research ideas from Dr. Jackson’s new writing project on Cultural Economics)  

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