In the Lectionary

Sunday, October 2, 2011: Philippians 3:4b-14

An organization was leading a training seminar for professionals. At one point the leader asked participants to imagine themselves setting out on an adventure with only ten items in each of their packs. A few minutes later, they were told that an imagined mishap had occurred and that it was necessary to leave behind five items and keep five. Soon they were required to reduce their possessions to three, and finally to only one. Many participants found that even after losing a great many things, they still had enough "stuff."

What would you choose to keep and what would you leave behind? What would be the one remaining possession? The choice would depend on the nature of the trip and your goals.

As Christians, sufficiency is a function of our God-donated direction in life—and the work or way to which we're called. "My grace is sufficient," God insists.