September 24-B, 2022

Parker’s Creek 01 10/19/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island,
North Carolina
Jesus wasn't big on believing.
He never said,
"If you don't believe
what I'm saying,
you are going to hell."
He said,
"Blessed are those who
hear what I'm saying and do it."

Jesus was all about doing.
Not believing.
Not thinking.
Only seeing/hearing/doing.

"Love your enemies."
"Love your neighbors."
"Love yourself."
"Live in loving ways
in all that you do."

And in all of this,
love is not what we feel.
It is what we do.

Get the doing down.
Believe anything you want,
but get the doing down.
Live so lovingly
that no one would ever guess
you didn't feel loving.

Jesus knew feelings follow action.
So he said,
"Do the loving thing
no matter how you feel.
And you'll be my disciple."


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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