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Lesson 233 – Audio


Lesson 233

I Give My Life To God To Guide Today.

  1. Father, I give You all my thoughts today.  I would have none of mine.  In place of them, give me Your Own.  I give You all my acts as well that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained and wasting time in vain imaginings.  Today I come to You.  I will step back and merely follow You.  Be You the Guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me.
  2. Today we have one Guide to lead us on.  And as we walk together, we will give this day to Him with no reserve at all.  This is His day.  And so it is a day of countless gifts and mercies unto us.

This prayer is my sincere and heartfelt prayer – and I am all in at last.  No reserved spots, no holding back, no questions. fears, secret selfishness, and doubt, I would have none of these drawbacks.  Instead, I ask my Father for His thoughts, His words, His deeds.  I give my life to God to guide today. 

The prayer states, “Father, I give you all my thoughts today.”  ‘What happens when I give my thoughts to God today?  How does it look?  How does it feel?  It seems the same on the outside – no changes in the mirror image so far.   Inside my spiritual eye witnesses the calm and quiet resolve, the gentle laying down of will, the strength and power that flows through the humble act.   What giving my thoughts to God feels like is a significant relief.  Manufactured at an excessive rate, my thoughts, scattered and multi-directional, today when I give them to God, are quiet and manageable.  No longer mine, I have no concern with them!  

What happens is peace and joy, and then a deep sense of gratitude for Jesus, holy Brother; for Holy Spirit, Teacher and Guide, for my Father’s love.

Gone is the homesickness I experience when we live in hotels; today, my heart is full of gratitude.  And I am free of any thoughts of the weeds at home, the neglected garden, the dispute I am having with a credit card charge – these would steal the joy of life and living.  Instead, there is gratitude to our loving son and neighbors for watching over our house and animals while we are gone; appreciation for our lovely room at the Marriot Courtyard – the feather-soft pillows and the crispy white sheets and comforter; the tiny coffee maker and good French roast; heart-throbbing thankfulness for hard-working Lover kissing me goodbye this morning and smelling so good that I wanted to – well, we won’t get into that!  My work set up last night on the spacious desk calls to me, but first a warm shower, the sun filtering through the curtain liners, the fresh air circulating pleasantly throughout the room.   I give my life to God to guide today.

My thoughts and my acts are God’s today.  Aligning my will with God’s will, I choose not to turn on the TV, work on sudoku puzzles, or connect with friends – instead devoting my day to devotion, to writing and sharing, and steeping myself in the Course as Holy Spirit instructed me to do – I give my life to God to guide today.

No desire to save the world causes me unrest or concern; the world already saved, this dream of time only process, while I practice patience, forgiveness, and kindness.  No judgment; no condemnation to dim the light, I can laugh in the face of those who would find me offensive.  For I have no vain goal to distinguish myself, to become rich and famous, to belong to this organization or that, to make a name for myself – I give my life to God to guide today.  

I step back and merely follow You, dear Father.  Be you the Guide!  I will not question Your tender loving care, Your eternal wisdom, and Your perfect gift to me.  I give my life to You to guide today and always.  In Jesus name, Amen.