September 30, 2021


Wright Dairy 03/19/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Rockingham County, North Carolina
Live to be good for nothing.

Live to do what is good
whether it does any good or not.

Live to be who Jesus was,
who, when he died,
left more evil in the world
than was there when he was born.

Who left more poor and hungry people
in the world 
than were there when he was born.

Who left more suffering and sorrow,
more pain and anguish,
more slavery,
more inhumanity,
more atrocity,
more anarchy,
more destruction and devastation,
more of everything
people need less of in their life
than was there before he was born.

And he knew it.
And he did not let it stop him.
Or even slow him down.

He died saying, "Listen to me!
See what needs to be done
right where you are
and do it!
When it needs to be done!
The way it needs to be done!
Because it needs to be done!
In each situation as it arises!
All your life long!
No matter what!
And do not pause living in the service
of the good
for anything!"

We are resistant to serving some good
that might do more harm than good
in the long run.

Joe Biden spends his time looking around
for a good that is Nothing But Good.
He won't end the filibuster
because it might make some things worse
in the future.

Well, name me something that doesn't 
carry with it that possibility!

Don't let the long term
keep you from serving 
the good of the sort term!

And do not,
whatever you do not do,
do not ever,
let the outcome
determine what good you do
or whether you do it!

"Get in there and do your thing--
and don't worry about the outcome!"
Was Joseph Campbell's summation
of the Bhagavad Gita.

Jesus would have said the same thing.
From the cross.



Overcast Sunrise 02 09/06/2009 Oil Paint Renderd — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
What keeps you going?
Force of habit?
Lack of anything better to do?

How long has it been
since you lived from the heart?
Since you were glad to be alive?
Since you leaped into the day
eager to see what it held
and what you could do with it?
Since you sang and danced,
winking and twinkling,
in the rain,
or whatever the day had in store?

What happened?

What took caring away from you?
And left you with going through the motions,
unaware of where you are,
or what you are doing,
or where you've been,
or where you're going?

Who ARE you?
What are you about?
What do you believe in?
What evidence is there
suggesting that you believe in anything?

Live as though it matters--
whether it matters or not!

If you are going to believe anything,
believe that it matters how we live,
and live like it!
In each situation as it arises!
Day by day!
All day long!

Doing what needs to be done
the way it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
no matter what!

Live to see what you can do with the day--
every day!

Empty yourself of all the things
that keep that from happening,
and sit still, 
be quiet,
empty in the silence,
paying attention to what
arises in the silence,
looking for what has a spark
of energy,
of vitality,
of spirit about it,
winking at you,
calling your name.

Go with that into the field of action.
See where it leads.
Without caring how it looks
or what people will think
or how you can explain anything.

Trust yourself to the invisible forces
of the invisible world.

Let your heart tell you what,
and let your head figure out how.

And let every day be an adventure
in what now?
In what's next?
Living with the wind of the spirit
that blows where it will
forever in your hair!

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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