What is the probable outcome?
What will be the end result?
Where will it lead?
It is prudent to ask the aforementioned questions whenever considering
a course of action. Failing to do so, one may find himself or herself in an
Preventative is better than remedial.
It's easier to avoid a problem, than to untangle oneself from it.
It's foolish not to consider a matter before engaging in it.
"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace."
Christians must not be myopic (near-sighted), looking only at the moment.
When some sneer at considering "Where will it lead?", it is usually because they don't like the answer.
Counting the cost--projection thinking--is a must!
"It's better to 'sleep on it' beforehand than to lie awake afterwards."