January 12-A, 2023

The Farmhouse on Caterpillar Hill 09/26/2001 Oil Paint Rendered — Viewing: Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, Eggemoggin Reach, Deer Isle, Penobscot Bay, Maine
We are at play with our circumstances
to see what can happen.

The challenge is to live in ways
that make things better for all people.
It is tricky
because we get very little cooperation,
and a lot of opposition.

The challenge remains in place
in spite of the odds.

It cannot matter to us
what our chances are.

In the circumstances impinging upon
each situation as it arises,
how can we respond to what is happening
at the right time,
in the right place,
in the right way?

Regardless of the outcome,
what needs to be done

Answering the question correctly,
no matter what,
creates karma.

We do not know what the outcome
beyond the outcome will be.

Keep showing up.
Keep answering the question.
Surprise yourself.


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 “January 12-A, 2023

  1. Yes, our actions, or inaction, create Karma. I totally believe this. I also believe the same can predispose our soul for an afterlife we have created by our choices and beliefs. This aligns with my brand of Christianity…. we are what we are, always happy to receive Mercy!

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    1. Grace and mercy are two transcendent principles within the foundation of life. Every living thing participates, knowingly or unknowingly, in the regular experience of grace and mercy. They are undeniable facts of life. We live by virtue of grace and mercy, not by cunning and conniving. Oh, grace and mercy also go by their secular name, “Good luck”!


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