Can You Finish What You Started? When It Seems Hard, There Is Joy in the Struggle.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? – Luke 14:28

In this challenge to the people yearning to learn and follow him, Jesus invites us to consider just what it means to truly be a disciple. Centuries later, Dietrich Bonhoeffer would enumerate the struggle of suffering, society and resistance in light of Christ with The Cost of Discipleship. So…have you counted the cost? How do you make your suffering meaningful, how do you be a disciple? Consider the suffering of Christ. Fr. Dusty Burns, aka the spoken word poet Pontifex, has just such an idea. And it’s one worth remembering.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.