In the reading from Philippians (3:4b-14), Paul highlights his achievements as Jewish man. Paul also turns and counts these reasons for boasting as nothing when compared to Christ's actions toward him and his own subsequent response.
We want possibilities and choices, but ultimately life lived in potentiality is not life. Life is lived in actuality. When we make new commitments, build new relationships there is a distinct break with the past. And it can be unnerving. Plenty about the old life of possibility seems safe and familiar. We like it. We know it. It can bring a sense of security. But the new relationship, while bringing risk and uncertainty, can bear unimagined fruit, even with the loss of possibility.
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