August 29,2020


Spider Web 07/12/2014
Readiness is a function of time and place,
and disposition.

"When the student is ready,
the teacher appears,"
When the teacher is ready,
the teacher waits.

Obi wan Kenobi and Yoda
spent most of their lives waiting.

"When the flower opens,
the bees appear,"
When the bees are ready,
they send out the scouts.

Jesus cursed the fig tree
because it wasn't ready when he was.
I know the feeling.
So do the bees.
As do the Obi wan Kenobi's and the Yoda's
of every generation.

But hurrying readiness is not ours to achieve.
We can send out the scouts
and open ourselves to the lessons
each moment is there to teach
those who are ready to receive
what the time and place of our living
have to offer.

The fig tree was Jesus's teacher.
If he was ready for the lesson.



Lotus Flowers 2018 10
Common courtesy and mutual respect 
are hard to find these days.
That's where we come in.
Exhibit it.
Extend it.
Expect it.
Be kind.
Let everything fall into place around kindness.



Coming In 02/08/2013 — Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
Serenity is a function of sincerity.

Sincerity lives in light of what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
and lets that be that.

No willing what cannot be willed.
No forcing anything out of time.
No pushing things past their limits,
or disregarding boundaries,
or ignoring what fits
and what does not belong.

Just knowing what is called for--
and when
and how--
and doing that.

And letting that be that.

Without looking for anything in return.

In a "This is the way things are,
and this is what can be done about it,
and that's that"
kind of way.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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