September 6, 2020


Dockside 11/14/2017 14 — Port Royal, South Carolina
We do not know whom to trust--
so we trust ourselves to deal with betrayal of trust.
And, listening to our inner guides,
step into the day.

The key to trusting ourselves
lies in communing with ourselves.

When we "return to the source,"
we are returning to ourselves. 
WE are the source of who we are!

In seeking "the face that was ours
before we were born,"
and living out of our Original Nature,
in each situation as it arises,
we live with sincerity
and authenticity,
meeting the moment 
in search of what is being called for,
and responding
with the best we have to offer, 

We make our best guess
(Call it "judgment," if you like)
about what to do
based on the information 
available to us at the time
and let that be that.

We make adjustments as necessary
and step into the next moment--
trusting ourselves to see and do
what is called for
throughout all of the times and places
of our life.

We dispel fear and anxiety
by trusting ourselves 
to deal appropriately with each situation,
including the situations arising
from being wrong with our response
in any situation.

We have what it takes to meet what meets us
in a day.
Every day.

If you are going to take anything on faith,
let it be that,
and step into the day! 



Light Rays at Water Rock Knob 09/02/2014 — Blue Ridge Parkway, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Being smart doesn't mean you know
what's worth going to hell for.
That knowledge is there for everyone
who has eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and a heart that knows what's what.

Knowing what's what is all we need to know.
And that is the first thing that goes in this culture.
This culture is grounded on 
someone else being the authority
over our life.

"What would Jesus do?"

The one thing Jesus would never do
is wonder what someone else would do.
He did not pause to think,
"What would Moses do?"
"What would Elijah do?"
"What would Abraham do?"

Jesus just did what needed to be done
in the moment of its arising.

He knew if we think too much about anything,
the time for doing it is long past 
before we act.

Jesus said, "Why don't you decide for yourselves
what is right?"

That's what Jesus would do!
Decide for himself what is right!

We have to become the authority determinng
what we do
in each situation,

And if we are wrong,
we learn from the error
and decide for ourselves
what to do about it.

Where do we go to commune with ourselves?
How often do we go there?
How long do we stay?
Who would be the authority over our life?
Who would tell us what to do when?
Who is interfering with our responsibility
for knowing what's what?
Stay away from those people!
Find some new friends,
or relatives.
Decide for yourself what is right--
but not because I say so.
Because you know so.

And, if you don't know that you know so,
go commune with yourself
and see what yourself has to say
about what's what
and whose judgment you can trust.

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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