27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower,
does not first sit down and estimate the cost,
to see whether he has enough to complete it?
29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish,
all who see it will begin to ridicule him,
30 saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king,
will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand
to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away,
he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.
33 So therefore,
none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
34 “Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?
35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it away.
Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

“Lord, help me to lose my attraction to the material things of this world,
so I may treasure Your ways in all I do.”