"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?" Luke 14:28.
The greatest pain comes when we let go of the searching and embrace the found—when we realize the search is over. The melancholy adventurer longs for the search, but can be downright terrified at the thought of grasping the prize. Many songs are written about the search, few esteem the prize enough to lose everything for it. When we finally realize the cost is the search itself, will we pay the price?
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:25-27.