October 1-B, 2022

Moon Hiding 12/01/2018 Oil Paint Rendered — Indian Land, South Carolina
We have to know where we stand,
what we stand for
and what we stand against.
And everybody else has to know it as well.

Some Christians like to say
"God isn't a Democrat or a Republican."
Who would God vote for is the question.
Who would God have you vote for 
is the other question.
Does it matter to God what happens,
is the other question.
Do we know where God stands
is the other question.
Do we know what God is good for
is the other question...

So many questions.

Where do we stand is the fundamental question.
Everything falls into place around that.
Even God.

Clarity brings the truth to light,
and to life.

Clarity is another word for enlightenment.
For realization.
For knowing.

Where we stand is essential knowing.

Not knowing where we stand
is also essential knowing.

Looking for where we stand
is the life-long search.

And mirrors are everywhere.
We are mirrored by everything we do
and say.

Who we are and where we stand is obvious
to those with eyes to see.

What we say and how we say it
and what we don't say,
tells anyone who is interested
who we are and where we stand.

What we do and don't do,
where we spend our time,
what we read,
how much we watch TV...


If we don't know where we stand,
what we stand for,
all we have to do 
is look in the mirror.

The right mirror.

They are everywhere.


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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