March 28-B, 2023

Monument Valley Sunrise 09/26/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Here's one for you:
There are people who take it on faith
that there is a god whom they call God,
who gets pissed off like that (snaps fingers)
and sends people to hell
for, like, not honoring their father and mother,
whatever "honoring" means,
and other slights like "keeping the Sabbath holy."
(Now the Sabbath used to be Saturday,
but it became Sunday when somebody
took it on faith that Sunday would be better, 
which certainly seems to qualify
for not keeping the Sabbath holy,
but, whatever, which brings us to this:

If you are going to take something on faith,
why not let it be "Whatever happens is just what happens,
and we deal with it as best we can,
doing what seems to be called for
in each situation as it arises,
and see where it goes"?

No God, no Master Plan, no hell, no theology,
just seeing what is happening
and what needs to be done about it
and doing it,
situation by situation 
throughout our life.

If you are going to take something on faith,
why not that???

The old Taoists did that.
They took that on faith,
and recommended going with the flow
of life's energy
(Which they called "Tao")
in deciding what needs to be done,
and letting that guide us through our life.
And, they are still doing it.
It has worked for them
since before the Buddha.

And, speaking of the Buddha,
there is someone who advised
seeing what we look at (Right seeing)
and doing what needs to be done about it
(Right doing).

Taoism and Buddhism are clear, simple, 
ways of sizing things up,
rising to any occasion,
and doing what is called for
here/now day-by-day
without having to take anything on faith,
other than that's all it takes
to live well and enjoy what is to be enjoyed 
about every day.


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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