July 06-C, 2022


Kayak 09/25/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Millinocket, Millinocket, Maine
We have to know what is required of us
and be right about it.
And do it.

We are not free to do whatever we want
with our life.
We are obligated to live according to,
aligned with,
in accord with,
our life's idea for itself.

We have to know what we need to do
to be living the life our life desires to live,
and be right about it.
And do it.

The natural world has no choice.
An oak tree lives,
not only like an oak tree,
but also like the particular tree it is
among all the oak trees there are.

Just so, there is the general us,
and the specific, unique, us,
and we have to be aligned with both
the "us" on the species level,
and on the individual-specific level.

Who are WE individually, specifically?
We don't get to choose that.
We have to BE that!
And, in order to BE that,
we have to know what we know,
and how that is at odds with 
what we wish/want to be so,
and go with what we know is right for us
no matter how far that might be
from what we want to be right for us.

Go with what we know to be so!

It is the rule of the ages!

It is also what the theme of 
Death and Resurrection speaks to
throughout the ages.

Jesus' prayer, "Thy will not mine be done,"
addresses this very thing.
The "Thy" here is the life his life
is requiring him to live.
He is acknowledging that he is not free
to choose the life he would prefer to live,
but is bound/obligated/obliged to live 
the life that is his to live.
No matter what.

As it was with Jesus,
so it is with each one of us.
We are duty bound to live the life
that needs us to live it.
To know what we know that it is
and to do it.
No matter what.


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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