July 03, 2022


First Snow Moraine Lake 09/24/2004 Oil Paint Rendered — Banff National Park, Alberta
I am glad I am not in charge of you.
It is a terrible thing anybody
has to be in charge of anybody.
That anybody has to be somebody's charge.

It should be collaboration all the way.

Nobody telling anybody what to do.

Everybody reaching consensus 
about what needs to be done
and who is responsible for what
where, when and how.

As it is,
the best case scenario is each of us
working out for ourselves
what needs to be done,
where, when and how.

And, in last place is someone
telling someone else what,
where, when and how.
Like that is going to get it done
up to standard,
on time.

Whose heart can be in doing anything
that way?

How long has it been?
Since your heart was in what you are doing?
Since you did anything wholeheartedly?
Can you remember the last time?

Organized religion should be focused entirely
on getting us back together with our hearts.

But religion tells us our heart is evil,
and we have to have someone telling us
what the Bible says we should do,
because we cannot be trusted
to figure it out on our own.

Remember Adam and Eve!
That's the best we can hope for on our own!
Eden has been given a bad rap.
A slight shift in perspective
has Adam and Eve realizing
they need some help figuring out life
on their own,
and working their way back to Eden
by dying to their own idea 
of what their life should be,
and waking up to what wholehearted living
is all about.

That isn't us doing whatever we want,
but us doing what needs to be done
the way only we can do it,
with the virtues and gifts that are ours at birth.

That is where religion needs to be going.
But, like Adam and Eve,
they have minds of their own,
and won't be living a life
with their heart in what they are doing
until the role is called up yonder,
and they get the bad news.



Deep River 11/11/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Randleman, North Carolina
When the door opens,
walk through.

When the bright light appears,
jump in.

Do not hesitate on your way to the way.
Do not hold back,
think about it.

See it/Do it!

Trust yourself to what you know.
Live out of what you know.
Not out of what you hope,

Know what you know.

It is called being transparent to yourself.

When we are transparent to ourselves,
we are transparent to transcendence,
and are as close to God as most people get.

Trust yourself to that 
and GO!



Dawn Silhouettes 01 12/06/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina
A butterfly knows exactly
what its business is,
and isn't.

Knows precisely what it is doing.

And has no idea what it will do next.

A butter fly is like the wind
that blows where it will,
and knows not what it will will next.

This is called being open to the future.
Being capable of doing what is called for
moment to moment
in each situation as it arises.

Sitting loose in the saddle,
dancing light on your feet,
ready for any change in tempo
and beat,
direction and purpose.

Our purpose is never our own.
We are at the mercy of forces
quite beyond us,
flipping switches,
pulling strings,
reading the circumstances,
turning on a dime,
calling the shots,
one at a time.

are very much there.
We can steadily do
anything at any moment,
at any time,
in response 
to what is happening
and what needs to be done about it
on the fly
in the wink of an eye,
with no hesitation,
like a jam session
moving to the beat
of its own music
with no idea of what's next,
and not worrying about it a bit,
just watching to see what happens,
and where we go
by going with it.

World without end.

Are you coming along for the ride?


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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