December 31-A, 2022

Cedar Rock Falls 10/13/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, North Carolina
We are lazy
and easily bored.
That's a mix for trouble.

The only way out of the morass
is to schedule long
Come To Truth talks with ourselves
on a regular basis.

"You say you want something to do,
but you don't want to do anything,
is that it?"

What to do is always right there:

Not what we have in mind.

We are Adam and Even in Eden.
We have to die to our idea
of how our life ought to be
before we are fit to live.

That's the message of Gethsemane.
"You can live the life that is yours to live,
but you have to die to the life you want to live."

That's the message tucked into,
"Pick up your cross and come along with me,"
as Jesus said,
on his way to Golgotha.

Dying to our idea of life
is the way to life pouring over,
spilling out,
which begins here and now,
the moment we say,
"Okay. Let's do it!"
And start walking.

Say it and start walking,
and your life will transform itself
before you get to the door.

You have to mean it.
With all your heart.


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 “December 31-A, 2022

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: