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The Cost Question.
Am I Willing to Pay
the Price for My Dream?
Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.
—SARAH BAN BREATHNACH
Dreams are personal. And so are the sacrifices that must be made to achieve them. Most people are unwilling to ask themselves the Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream? They avoid the question, avoid the cost, and inadvertently avoid their dream.
There isn’t a single person in the world who has achieved a dream without paying a price for it. Some pay with their lives or their freedom. Others pay by giving up options or finances or relationships. I have one friend who learned to count the cost with, of all things, a motorcycle.
THE PRICE OF A DREAM
His name is Kevin Myers, and he is the senior pastor of 12StoneTM Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Kevin committed himself to becoming a minister at a young age—when he was only sixteen years old. Since he was a kid, he has also been crazy about motorcycles. He bought his first one, a cheap secondhand bike, in his late teens. He had others in his twenties, and though he loved riding them, he had never owned one of the type he’d always dreamed about: a cruiser.
Kevin has dedicated his life to ministry, yet he is a highly entrepreneurial person. From his teenage years, he had a dream to start a church from scratch and build it into an organization that would make an impact on the community and serve thousands of people. In 1987 when he was twenty-six years old, he launched out, moving from Michigan to Georgia to start the church, one that would exist for the sake of people he describes as “spiritually unresolved.” He made sacrifices to do it: leaving behind friends and family, giving up a good church staff job, and entering financial uncertainty. He was willing to pay a price for his dream. But the cost ended up being much greater than he had anticipated. - 5 hours ago