and when you stand around after church on the first day meeting in the new building with guys who gave maybe hundreds of hours to see this project find completion and they say i am tired, but it is worth it and it was hard, but the good kind of hard that makes life good, and then when you drive to that vineyard shaded by rows of long-standing trees with friends who walk in commitments even though days and years and choices tried to knock them by the wayside, and they vow to continue to celebrate God's goodness and faithfulness and vow again to hold to i do till death. these are costly.
because throwing a party just to celebrate God and their community is extravagant, and publicly, vulnerably reminding themselves about commitments is rare, and volunteering all of their free time to hang impossible lights in a new church for two solid weeks seems lavish. and costly.
but then, so is wisdom.