Three recruiters were to address high school seniors. Each recruiter represented a branch of the military (the Army, Navy & Marine Corps) & was to have fifteen minutes.
The Army & Navy recruiters got carried away, so when it came time for the Marine to speak, he had just two minutes.
He walked up & stood utterly silent for a full sixty seconds, half of his time. Then he said, “I doubt whether there are two or three of you in this room who would even stand a chance in the Marine Corps. But I want to see those two or three immediately in the dining hall when we are dismissed.” He turned smartly & sat down.
When he arrived in the dining hall, there was a crowd of students interested in the Marines.
The recruiter knew that commitment cannot take place without recognizing the potential for difficulty.
Lord Jesus Christ said: “So then, none of you can be my disciple who does not (carefully consider the cost and then for my sake) give up all his own possessions.” (Luke 14:33 AMP)
“Has your religion cost you anything? If it has cost you nothing, it is worth nothing.” - William Tiptaft.