January 01-B, 2023

Sunflowers 07/06/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Draper Wildlife Management Area, McConnels, South Carolina
We bring God to life in our lives
by the way we live
in seeing and doing what needs to be done,
and where,
and how
it needs to be done,
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long.

Serving God
means serving what is called for
all day
every day.

This is also known as
living aligned with--
in accord with--
the Tao, the Way,
the Way things need to happen
in light of the situation as a whole,
and the way we need to live
in light of our life as a whole.

Not as something being imposed on us
from the outside,
but as something that needs to
unfold in our life
from within us.

I take photographs and write,
not because someone told me to,
but because I must.
I need to/have to.

I take the photographs 
that need to be taken,
I write the things
that need to be written.

"I have no say in the matter.
It's the photographer/writer
life for me, Gibbs.
Savvy?" (Captain Jack Sparrow)

It pleases me to be so, 
to do so.

What pleases you to do 
and to be?

Do more of that!

Throughout the New Year,
and far, far beyond,
through all of the New Years
yet to be!

You will be bringing God,
and yourself,
to life in your life
in a "the father and I are one"
kind of way!

To the delight of everyone
who knows what's what
and what needs to be done about it.


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.

5 thoughts on “January 01-B, 2023

      1. We ought to be able to take water for granted! Like the air we breathe. Brooks Vance told his wife, “Don’t think about our vulnerabilities, Louise. It will only depress you!”


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