March 03-A, 2023

Red Winged Hawk 03 02/28/2023 Oil Paint Rendered — From my backyard, Charlotte, North Carolina
Imposing our will for our life
upon our life
presumes to know more
than our life knows
about what is good for it
and what is not good for it.

Listening to our life,
trusting our live,
serving our life,
is quite different from
seeking and serving
our life's will for itself.

Will and ambition,
aspiration, intention,
scheming and contriving
are direct efforts
to sabotage our life
and thwart its purposes and goals.

Our life is designed/equipped 
to be aligned with itself,
so that our original nature
and innate virtues/traits/specialties/forte
are applied to each situation as it arises
in expressing,
bringing forth who we are
and how we are capable of living
in response to what is happening
and doing what is called for
through all circumstances and occasions.

Holding our strengths back
and substituting craft and guile
puts an end to what could have been,
leaving sincerity and integrity
with no way of making themselves known.

And a life without sincerity and integrity
is a contradiction in terms.


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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