August 04-A, 2022

Stella D’Oro Daylily 08/03/2022 Oil Paint Rendered
Carl Jung said that none 
of the really important problems
can be solved--
they can only be outgrown.

All it takes is growing up
some more
All our life long.

Growing up is the solution
to all of our problems today. 
Any day.
Every day.

Why don't we just grow up?
Save ourselves a lot of trouble.

The heart of growing up is
No expectations.
No agendas.
No plans.
No opinions.

It is also the essence of Zen
and Taoism.
Jesus recommended it,
but it did not catch on.
And scaring people about going to hell
became the primary attraction
for evangelism and making members
of the new Christian Church--
and the mainstay of the Christian denomination
through the ages.
Christians do not want people growing up
and saying they are going to do
what they feel needs to be done
even if they go to hell.

Which brings up my favorite question:
What would you go to hell for?
It's a measure of how grown up we are
how we answer the question.


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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