December 22, 2020


In the Beginning 07/28/2016 — Indian Land, South Carolina
We care too much
about the wrong things,
and we care too little
about the right things.

Consider what you care about,
and what you don't care about.

All of the time.



In The Marsh Panorama 08/22/2015 — Beaufort, South Carolina
We are on our own.
No one can do it for us.
Teachers, at best, can only offer
their experience as a guide,
and, at worst, can only tell us
what someone told someone who told someone
who told someone...
who told them.

Too many spiritual guides
and religious leaders
only know what they got
from someone else.

Ask around:
"What do you know of God
that you did not get from
some other source,
including the Bible?"
Ask the people who claim to know
more than you know,
"What do you know of God
that you discovered on your own,
without help from anyone else?"

The old Taoist Masters
cut to the chase, saying:
"Seek the Source
in the Silence!
Live with sincerity 
and spontaneity 
out of your own sense
of what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
the face that was yours before your
grandparents were born!"

No theology there!
No doctrine there!
No creedal formula there!
Only personal experience at the core!
And your personal experience
will be different from everyone else's!

Their slogans,
for example,
"Eat when hungry,
rest when tired,"
mean "Live out of your own sense
of what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises!"

True to our own sense 
of what needs to be done,
we gradually learn to read
our situations with a perceptive eye,
and get responding to them appropriately
down to a fine art--
and no one can tell us how to do that!

So, "Get in there and do your thing,
and let the outcome be your teacher
in knowing how to apply your thing
to each situation as it arises!"

That is all there is to it!

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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