Part 2:2 WHAT IS SALVATION
Lesson 233 I Give My Life to God to Guide Today.
- 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.
- 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.
Notes and Personal Application: This morning when James woke up, he discovered that our coffee pot had bit the dust. No matter what he did to resurrect it, our beloved mechanical servant who has faithfully made us a delicious brew each morning is no longer able to serve us. So when I woke up, one of the first things that James asked me was if I wanted to go along with him to go shop for a new one. Instead of deciding to just buy a new coffeepot, I wanted to make sure that we got one that met my specifications, I told him. That is why he asked me to go along, he said. We decided to make a morning of it, go shopping for a coffee pot, pick up some other things we wanted, and have a bite of lunch. What fun!
But before we headed out, I sat down and thought about what I wanted in a coffeepot. I wanted a glass carafe – I like seeing how much coffee is left in the pot. I wanted a clear and removeable water reservoir, preferably dishwasher safe. I wanted a flat-bottomed filter instead of a cone shaped one. I wanted a coffeemaker that makes at least 12-cups at a time. We really like our coffee here at the Friar Patch and most of our family and friends do, too. I like the color red, too. Our kitchen and most of our major appliances are stainless steel, grays and white and small appliances in red add an uplifting splash of color.
We had our smoothies for breakfast; we quieted our minds and hearts to partake in today’s devotional and prayers. I drank a cup of tea. We got ready and we were off. The sun was shining. The sky cerulean blue. There were no dark clouds on our horizon except in our foggy, caffeine-deprived brains evidently, for God was not the source of our thoughts or our talk. Instead we crabbed about how we feel like stooges along with everybody else who puts on masks to go out in public. We grumped about the economy. We talked about Dr. So-and -So who was calling out the government for staging a highly exaggerated epidemic, making up reasons to arrest citizens, and take away even more of our freedoms and rights. It is very clever, I said. Instead of forcing people to take the mark of the beast, frighten them with a deadly disease, offer them a vaccine in the form of a chip, turning humanity into government-censored, government-controlled automatons. Our projections onto the world came from a place of the fear-based religions in which we were raised. I have always been sensitive to the effects of negativity and our Jeep was full of it this morning. Before I knew it, I was wishing that I had stayed home and let James go get the coffee pot on his own.
We both realized that if we wanted to have a good day we would follow the guidance of Jesus from our lesson today. We have so much for which to be thankful, let us focus upon that. We have each other! Our kids and our grandkids are healthy, happy, and whole. We have such nice friends. We have a fridge and freezer full of food. We have a garden. We have chickens which give us fresh brown eggs everyday. We have cats which help keep vermin off our property. We have our health. We have a nice house to live in. We have vehicles that take us where we want to go. But most of all we have God. We seek God. We are God’s Will. We are as God created us. Let our vain imaginings and opinions about the world be given to God. Let God run the show. Let us trust in Him the way we are called to do and have a good day. And let’s not for one instant mistake our happiness, our peace, our sanity, security, and love as being based upon the changing tides of this world.
Jesus tells us that we have one Guide to lead us onward. We walk with Him, we give our wants to Him, our needs, our fears and dismay, our joys and our triumphs. We hold nothing back from Him because this day, and all days, are His. He knows when time will no longer serve the purpose for which it was made, and He will give us as long as we need to return our hearts and minds to Him. Each day holds countless gifts and mercies which He gives to us. Today we were blessed with a new coffeepot that we both liked. We appreciated all of its fine features, most of which matched my earlier specifications. We appreciated the fact that we did not have to search high and low for it – it was right there at our discount club, a special price, a limited edition.
God’s Grace toward us knows no bounds. Today give all your thoughts to Him. Commit your mind, your words, your actions to God’s Will. There is nothing that can happen in the world that worries God! He will never forget His great love and tender mercy toward us. As His Son, we have no business theorizing conspiracies or vainly preparing for the end times. Trump is neither our savior nor our enemy – as every other world leader, he is only a human being trying to do the best he can to run a first-world country which is moving in a multitude of different directions. He deserves our love, our forgiveness, our patience, and our best thoughts and prayers.
Jesus reminds us that God’s love toward us is so tender that it is impossible for us to comprehend in our current state, but it is His gift to us. Today accept His Grace, let Him take first place. Surrender your humanity to Him and take on the divinity in which you were created.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 233. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
Audio credit: The Friar Patch @ http://www.eckiefriar.com