April 26, 2022

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Yellowstone River 07/10/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Proudful, willful, arrogance, meanness, ignorance and stupidity
comes to mind in reference to Jesus' exhortation,
"Do not throw pearls before swine,
or give dogs what is holy."

Walk on by
in search of kindness, compassion, grace, peace, safety and sincerity--
knowing that those who seek these things
will find them,
and join together with them in making wherever we are
a truly good place to be.

If you can do better than that,
by all means, do!

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02

Beulah Land 58 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
What would it take
for you to be at one with yourself,
at peace with how things are,
at home in the time and place of your living?

Why would you want more than that?
What would you do with more than that?

Of all that you are doing,
what is yours to do?

How much of what you do in a day
exhibits/reflects/expresses/reveals/incarnates
YOU?

How much of you is unknown to you
because you won't allow it
to come forth into your life,
into the world?

Why hold anything back?

What are you trying to get,
gain, have, acquire
by holding it back
that is more valuable 
than it would be
if you granted it full expression?

How is what you want
interfering with who you are?

Whose side are you on?

Upon what does being at one with yourself,
at peace with how things are,
at home in the time and place of your living,
depend?

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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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