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?  Luke 14:28 NIV

I’ll be the first to admit it. I didn’t thoroughly take the time to count the cost of leaving my career to pursue a new career as a Christian author. And I have suffered greatly for it.

After Jesus called his twelve disciples, he wasted no time letting them know what the cost would be to follow him. He told them what type of persecution to expect and the type of opposition they’d encounter. He explained they would have limited resources, receive no compensation for their labor, and have no permanent place to lay their heads. He wanted to make sure they understood all that was required before they committed to following him.

Like the call to discipleship, the call to writing for publication will not be easy, so make sure you have first counted the cost. The cost of time that will be required if you’re going to be a serious writer. The cost of the lack of support you may receive from your family who may not support your decision to pursue a writing career.  The cost of the financial difficulties you may encounter as you transition from your existing career to a new career , and the cost of sanity as you experience rejection and disappointment when your work is not always accepted for publication.

Yes, there will be a cost involved when you accept the call to become an author, so make sure you have considered your cost before you begin. 

Sharing the journey,


Writer’s prayer: Lord, no matter what the sacrifice involved, help me to still answer the call to write for your kingdom. Amen.

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