July 20-B, 2022

Mother of the Sea 05/27/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — The Wasteland Collection
People who look for
what makes life worthwhile,
worth their effort,
worth their time,
are not concerned about
their original nature
and innate virtues.

"What's in it for me?"
is their only interest.
"When is it going to be my turn?"
"How can I get what I want?"
"All I want is MY WAY NOW!"
Is all life is about for them.

Their motives and operating principle
are not conducive to life.
Life is about making the best
of each situation as it arises
in the service of the true good of all.

How good is the good we call good?
Good for whom?
The best good does what needs to be done
in light of what can be done
in the service of the good of the whole situation
in each situation as it arises.

What the situation calls for
varies from situation to situation.
Sometimes this, sometimes that.
To be determined in the here/now
of the moment of action.

And we are to do it when, where and how
it needs to be done,
moment by moment,
situation by situation.

We have to be attuned to the here/now,
aware of what's what
and what needs to be done in response,
moment by moment,
situation by situation.

Using the gifts of our original nature
and the innate virtues we are born with
in service to the good of the situation
as a whole.

This means saying the things that need to be said.
Asking the questions that beg to be asked.
And doing what needs to be done.
In every situation as it arises.
All our life long.

We live in response to the good of the moment,
every moment.
No matter what.

The Buddhist monks who immolated themselves
during the Vietnam war
were doing what they felt the moment called for.
They were calling attention to the absurdity
of the war
by ending their life in an absurd and awful way.
Their deaths were their statement
about the here/now of their living.

Their disciples said they were following
the examples of their masters
by immolating themselves
for the good of every moment,
adding that they were only burning to death
more slowly.

Like them, we all die to the good of each moment,
in each moment,
"burning to death very slowly."


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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: