June 07, 2021


Koi Pond 02 06/04/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Nursery Photos, Pike Nursery, Charlotte, North Carolina
We all are looking for what works.
The tragedy is that we all know what works,
and it isn't splashy enough for us.
We want something else to work,
and spend our lives trying to make something work
that isn't going to work.

And we know it,
but maybe if we try harder...

And here we are.
Trying to have something
we have no business having,
because we don't want what is ours.

Carl Jung said,
"The greatest curse of the child
is the unlived life of their parents."

The parents' unlived life
is the life they don't want to live
because they prefer a different,
finer life instead.

Look around you.
What you see,
wherever you look
is The Curse of the Unlived Life.

What you see is the shadow-side
of Better.

The good is never good enough.
"The Best is the enemy of The Good."
And we want The Best, by God.
Even God is not good enough for us.

When God steps forth as Jesus,
and Jesus declares,
"The Father and I are one,"
we kill him because 
that isn't what we want in a God.

We want a God who is God
the way we want God to be God!
"Love your enemies,"
"Love your neighbor,"
"Be a neighbor to all people,
especially the poor non-white ones..."
That is totally not what a God
worthy of us would say.

What we see when we look around
is The Curse of the Rejected God.

Or, as Jesus would say,
"We are reaping what we sow."

When our idea of God
turns out to be not-God,
we have to change our mind about God.
And ourselves.
And the life that is our life to live.

It's called repentance.
Repentance is changing our mind
about what is important.
Sin is being wrong
about what is important.
Repentance puts things right.

All it takes is being right
about what is important.

History suggests that
we don't have it in us
to be right about what is important.

Whether we do or not,
time will tell.

Knowing what matters
is the only thing that matters.

We all are looking for what works,
and its right there.
Right here.
What's the problem?



Blueberry Bushes 10/10/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Cadillac Mountain, Frenchman’s Bay, Acadia National Park, near Bar Harbor, Maine
The church was before the Bible.
The Bible says what the church wanted the Bible to say.

The church was before theology.
Theology was the end of the church.

What you do with this is your business.
These are the facts.
And if anyone would have you
take something else on faith,
it isn't faith they are selling,
but fantasy.

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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