July 08-A, 2022

Mission Bells 06/14/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, San Diego, California
What's in it for God?
What is God getting out of all this?
Do you think God is having a good time?
Just one Woopie Doo after another?
Think God skips, whistles and dances
everywhere all the time?

Think anybody ever asks God how things are going?
And listens to what God might have to say?

It's all about us, isn't it?
What we want.
How we feel.
"Gimme-Give me-Help Me Get!
And forget us doing anything ever for nothing!
We don't give God anything
without expecting at least double in return.

"What's in it for us???"
That's what we want to know.
We are in it for the payoff,
and it better be good.

It's time we turned the light around.
There is no pay off.
Nothing is in it for us.
It is our place
to do what needs to be done
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction
of having done it.

In each situation as it arises.
All our life long.

Think that will sell?

Are you buying it?

Everything hinges upon 
our buying it--
on our buying into it,
and doing it
as though our life depends on it.
As though all of life depends on it.

On our living as though this is so.

All of it hangs in the balance,
waiting for us to get it
and show others how it is done.

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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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