February 14-B, 2023

Goldfinches 08/17/2016 Oil Paint Rendered
No one is here but us
and our idea of what's important
and how we serve that idea
in the time left for living.

The clearer we are about our idea
of what is important,
and the closer to right our idea is
the better it will be for everyone.

We owe it to ourselves
and to one another
to be clear about what we think 
matters most,
and to be right about that.

regarding the validity and value
of what we declare to be important
to the point
of being worth our fealty,
and duty
is critical to our being clear and right
about what we say is so.

Where does our idea of The Good
come from?
What makes us think we are right about it?
Who says so besides us?
What evidence is there to support us?
What evidence is there to the contrary?
Who do we trust to know more than we do
in the matter?
What suggests to us that they are trustworthy?

How do we know that what we say is so is so?

And, if you say you "take it on faith,"
you are merely taking your opinion that it is so
on faith.
You are not doing the work of knowing it is so.
You are being lazy and faithless,
claiming to be faithful.
You are lying to yourself and all others.

Get off your duff
and do the work!
Dig around in what you say is so!
Expose it to the light!
Do not take someone else's word for it!
Find out for yourself
if it is as important as you say it is!
Hold nothing back!


Nothing is more important 
than being clear and right
about what is important!

Take up the quest,
and do not stop
until you know!


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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