February 27, 2021

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Roadside Cascade 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approaching Chimney’s Picnic Area from Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Once we adjust and adapt
to our life,
everything is perfect.

Until then,
we are at war with our life,
hell-bent on pounding it
into a shape that is
pleasing to us,
pushing,
forcing,
striving,
commanding,
compelling,
contending with forces
quite beyond us,
determined to have our way
with our life
or die trying.

And nothing is ever perfect
all the way to the end.

Accommodation and adaptation, Kid.
Accommodation and adaptation.

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Lotus Blossom 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Bass Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The Journey and The Way are One, 
and are to be integrated with 
“It isn’t found across the ocean, 
or over the mountains, 
or in the hinterlands, 
but is right here, 
right now, 
closer than your next breath!"

"The Kingdom you seek 
is spread out over the earth 
and no one sees it--
though they walk through it
every day!"

All those paradoxes 
come together 
with realization. 
And seeing deepens 
and expands with time, 
and is not once and done, 
but unfolds and opens up forever. 

We are nomads for eternity, 
without leaving home!

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Jackson Lake 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
Living to serve what is called for
in the moment of our living
is not going to smooth our path,
and open the way
to all we ever wanted
and more.

Go and learn what this means:
"Thy will, not mine, be done!"
This is the Tao of Jesus.
He is saying,
"Live in accord with the Tao,
moment by moment,
and let everything fall into place
around that,
whether it meets with your approval,
or not."

That is not The Prosperity Gospel.

Jesus said, "Do what needs to be done
and let the outcome be the outcome,
whatever it may mean for you personally."

And his life was his message.

When he said,
"Take up your cross each day
and follow me,"
he was saying,
"Let your life be your message."

When he said,
"Be like the spirit 
that blows where it will,"
he was saying,
"Don't have to know 
what you are doing,
or be guided by 
what is pleasing to you,
but by what needs to be done."

The Tao of Jesus
is what the world needs
and the world knows it not.

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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