The Gospel reading, this morning, is Mark 10:17-31 where Jesus is talking about the rich. Think of that young man that comes to Jesus. Jesus tells him to sell 'everything,' give to the poor and come follow him. (vs 21) The young man goes "away sorrowfully because he owned much property." (vs 22) If you stop to think about it, think about 'enough' vs 'much property,' and this becomes a story of us today. Are we also going "away sorrowfully" or are we actually following Jesus?
We've been talking for several weeks, in fact most of the summer, about facing our 'giants.' One of our biggest 'giants' is the world around us. The pressure put on us by friends, neighbors and especially the media to have the newest, fanciest, fastest, "improved" and/or "upgraded" _____________ - fill in the blank. This is happening to the point that they now have storage 'pods,' and storage buildings, that we can put our 'stuff' into so we don't have 'so much stuff' in our homes.
When do we say "enough"?! When do we say, like I did recently about my phone, "no thank you"? My phone is 'only' two years old, works fine and I can still have to go in to the young people, at the store, to get it fixed where I have tried to do something new.
When do we start 'using up' what we have, like I suggested in Lent, instead of finding storage so we can get more? When do we say NO to this 'giant' and follow where God is calling us to go? When do we say enough IS 'enough'?!