August 3, 2020


Big Creek 11/06/2004 — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, NC, November 6, 2004
It is about how well we live our life. 
How well we face what faces us in each moment.
How well we deal with what we have to deal with.
How well we square up to the reality of time and place,
context and circumstance,
over the full course of our life.

Seeing what is called for,
offering what is missing,
doing what is needed,
when it is needed,
the way it is needed,
for as long as it is needed,
here and now,
for as long as there are here's and now's.

It is about our body of work
compiled throughout our days upon the earth.

We live to engage the moment--
not to escape the moment--
not to deny the moment--
not to dismiss, discount, disregard, ignore the moment--
but to engage the moment,
to meet the moment on the moment's terms,
rising to meet the occasion
on every occasion,
being brought forth,
born again,
grown up
through the process of living our life,
blessed by the trials and ordeals
of the life that is ours to live
in ways beyond imaging or believing.

We become what is "in it for us."
We are it.
We are the fruit of our own labor.
The product of our own work in the service 
of what is good for the time and place of our living,
in each time and place of our living,
over the times and places of our life.

What we have to show for it
is who we show ourselves to be
by being who we as that changes over time.

What helps us with that?
What makes it possible?
What do we need
in order to do what needs us
to do it?

That is our quest:
Finding what we need
to do what needs to be done!
There is nothing beyond that
to want, 
or seek,
or desire!



Crepe Myrtle 08/02/2020 01 — Indian Land, South Carolina, August 2, 2020
Anybody can believe in Jesus.
The tricky part is being Jesus
the way only we can be Jesus,
so that no one watching
can tell where Jesus stops
and we start,
or vice versa.


There is a hack for cutting 
straight to the heart of the matter,
skirting all that thinking,
and doctrinal-testing
to come up with the perfectly precise formula
for knowing what Jesus would do when,
and how.

It's called,
"Don't know what Jesus would do!"

Jesus didn't know what Jesus would do.
He waited to see what he did,
and said,
"So, that's what Jesus would do.
How about that!"

That's the only way to do it.

Not knowing what to do is the way
to purest doing.
That's straight from the heart stuff,
the things we do without contriving,
or being able to explain,
and excuse
on the basis 
of one thing after another.

What do we do without thinking about it?
That's what Jesus would do!

The hack for doing that
is to not think about what Jesus would do,
but to think instead about what is happening 
here and now,
in each situation as it arises--
and looking closely,
listening carefully,
for what the situation is calling for
and do that thing
with the gifts/genius/daemon/virtues/character
that came with us from the womb
(Expressing our Original Nature,
The Face That Was
Ours Before Our Parents Were Born
and allowing that to create a brand new situation
in which we do the same thing,
through all the situations that spin off
from the first one,
all our life long.

This is called,
"Being you in response to what is happening
all your life long."

That's it.

Nobody will be able to guess 
where we stop
and Jesus starts,
or vice versa.

Or, guess what we will do next!
(Even we don't know that!)

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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