Lesson 324 I Merely Follow, For I Would Not Lead

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II.  SECTION 11.  What is Creation?

Lesson 324 I merely follow, for I would not lead.

  1. Father, You are the One Who gave the plan for salvation to me.  You have set the way I am to go, the role to take, and every step in my appointed path.  I cannot lose the way.  I can but choose to wander off a while, and then return.  Your loving Voice will always call me back and guide my feet aright.  My brothers all can follow in the way I lead them.  Yet I merely follow in the way to You, as You direct me and would have me go.
  2. So let us follow One Who knows the way.  We need not tarry, and we cannot stray except an instant from His loving hand.  We walk together, for we follow Him.  And it is He Who makes the ending sure and guarantees a safe returning home.[1]
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The only way that we can experience our return to God as a hard path is because we listen to the wrong voice.  The ego thrives on complications, disturbances, and obstruction.  Those upside-down shadows of our real Self will put every obstacle in our way imaginable. 

In our ACIM study group, we often remark about how the ego struggles to block our daily practice.  Merely setting aside a half-hour period to listen to the Voice for God, to read a lesson, to engage in our mind training exercises, and the ego will find all kinds of distractions to keep us from our walk. Our mates will make an everyday matter into an emergency that needs our immediate attention!  Someone will call to download rumors and gossip on us.  The puppy will poop on the welcome mat… What is difficult is resisting the ego’s distractions – for it is always a choice which voice we will heed and which voice we will silence. 

Then there is a sense of burden.  Many who accept the call of God in their lives burden themselves unnecessarily with not only their own salvation but the salvation of their loved ones, the salvation of the world.  They have this picture in their mind of bearing the cross of Christ, of denying themselves, of bringing in the sheaves.  When we accept this version of the plan for salvation, we will find our path hard, full of sacrifice, persecution, and obstacles – not from the outer world necessarily but from our inner world.  This is not the path of love.  This is not the path of ease and lightness that Jesus promises those who follow Him.  Ego will have a field day with us – for we have taken up the fear of our Father instead of His Love.  We have placed ourselves with a chosen few when salvation is a promise for all.

Our Father gave us the plan of salvation, and He will never take it away.  Our prayer today tells us that He has set the way we are to go, the role we are to take, and every step in our appointed paths.  We cannot lose our way!  We can wander off, but we will always return.  His Love will always draw us back and put our feet on the right path.  When others follow us, it is only because we are following Him, following His direction, and going where He would have us go.

This morning when I got up, I felt so tired and cranky.  Even my morning cup of dark French roast did not perk my spirit.  Lover got off to work, and there I sat on the sofa resisting the call to have my devotions, to meditate upon today’s lesson, to write this blog.  All I wanted to do was wrap up in the Sherpa blanket and go back to sleep.  Then there was the quiet Voice for God reminding me of how much I love my time of devotion, how much joy sharing my meditations brings to me, how dear and precious to me are you brothers who email and share your blessings with me. 

Your birthday blessings, your encouraging emails, so touch my heart and inspire my call.  Heeding the Voice for God has brought you into my life, has brought me into yours, as we study the Course together and share our insights.  May our holy relationship teach us to heal all the sorrowful estrangement and splinters, fragments, and brokenness the ego offers in its place.

This morning’s resistance melted as I chose to follow the right Voice.  It took me a while to hear it, to heed it, to put myself in gear, but God’s loving Voice always calls me back.  I follow as He directs me, just as you do.  For we walk together, our lesson reminds us today, we follow Him together.  It is God who makes our ending sure!  It is God who guarantees a safe journey home for all. 

[1][1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 324 I merely follow, for…Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 463.

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My love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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