September 10-C, 2022

Penobscot Bay Sunset 02 10/14/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Deer Isle, Maine
Freedom is not the freedom
to do as we please,
but the freedom to do what needs to be done,
moment to moment
in each situation as it arises.

Will we be in bondage to our desires,
bound to do what pleases us?
Or, will we be in bondage to what needs to be done?

Can we live so that doing what needs to be done
is what pleases us the most?

Freedom is the freedom to choose
to what we will owe fealty,
liege loyalty,
filial devotion,
life-long service and duty.

The freedom to do what needs to be done
binds us to a strict regimen
of seeing/hearing/knowing/doing
what needs to be done,
moment to moment,
day by day,
all our life long.

Nothing is more necessary and essential
than this in all of the 10,000 things.


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.

2 thoughts on “September 10-C, 2022

  1. I think spiritual development, which I see as devotion to what needs to be done here/now/forever, must be delayed until retirement, or until we are old enough to have time to devote to the tasks of life that remains to be lived, which are different as we age, and we can be more “hermit-tically” sealed into a more expansive understanding of what needs to be done beyond our obligations to family and employment. We have to be a certain age before we can exercise our “freedom to be in bondage” to the right things.


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