March 16-B, 2023

The Neighbor’s Tree Oil Paint Rendered — Purple Plum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Jesus said, "It comes down to this:
You have to care without caring.

Here's how it works:
You have to live as though 
you care about everything,
without caring about anything."

(From "The Unsaid Sayings of Jesus, Vol. 1")

He meant that we have to live 
like we have a personal stake
in all that happens,
without having any stake at all
in anything that happens.

This is what the old theologians
were attempting to explain
with their phrase, "Imminent and Transcendent."
We have to be imminently present in/with
everything that goes on,
while transcending all that is going on,
caring and not caring at the same time.

(That is not actually what they
were trying to say.
I flipped the switch on them,
and turned the light around.

Being imminently invested in our life
and being above it all at the same time
is better than what they were saying.

They were talking about their 
idea of God,
but it applies to us as well.
Which makes perfect sense
in that the line between us and God
is non-existent.

Everything is one and not-one at the same time,
if you know what I mean--which is another
of The Unsaid Sayings of Jesus.)

Caring without caring is the foundation 
of existence.

Caring deeply about everything
without being impacted by what happens
to anything
frees us to do what needs to be done
with nothing invested in the outcome,
which allows us to keep doing what needs
to be done
without taking any of it seriously.

We do what needs to be done,
when/where/how it needs to be done
without being undone
when it fails to make any difference
at all in the outcome,
because we don't care about the outcome!
We care about doing what needs to be done
whether it does any good or not!

We change the baby's diaper,
even though we are going to have 
to do it again in about thirty minutes.
We seemingly never get done
changing the baby's diaper,
but we do it every time
as though it is the most important 
thing in the world,
what/when/where/how we do it
matters-doesn't matter
at the same time,
and we do it again
all of the time.

If you get this,
you are ready for anything
that comes along.

It's only another dirty diaper.


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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