April 14-B, 2023

Sunwapta River Oil Paint Rendered — Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta
On a large enough scale,
nothing we do matters,
and on a small enough scale,
everything we do matters.

I recommend living small.
Live on the level
where our next breath
counts for something!

Live on the level
where what we think
or, at least, strongly influences,
what we do,
and where what we do
or strongly influences,
what happens next,
and where what happens next
or strongly influences,
our our present circumstances
impact the development
of the conditions and circumstances
that flow naturally,
from the present conditions and circumstances,
and "For the want of a nail,
a horse was lost,
and for the want of a horse,
a rider was lost,
and for the want of a rider 
the battle was lost,
and for the want of the battle,
the war was lost,
all for the want of a nail."
(13th century proverb)

It matters how we live,
what we think,
what we do,
who and how we are.

It matters that we live
as though we are a nail--
and to realize that 
we are much more than that
in terms of our significance
to every situation as it arises.

Our place is to live as though it matters
in each situation as it arises.

If we are going to take anything on faith,
let it be this!


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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