December 02-A, 2022

Cattails 10/25/2011 Oil Paint Rendered –Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Ordinary is the stone the builders reject,
the pearl of great price lost among the costume jewelry.
The you in you and the me in me.

To do ordinary really well
is to do you as only you can do you,
to do me as only I can do me.

And in that collection of small deeds done well
"sways the future,"
and everything depends upon good people
being who they are,
when they are,
where they are,
how they are,
the way only they can be themselves
in the hidden places of their lives,
where it makes all the difference.

If you are going to take something on faith,
let it be this,
and bust it being ordinary
the way only you can be ordinary,
trusting it to be enough.

It will be more than enough.

Just do your best Nobody Special everyday,
and discover what I'm talking about.

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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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