Lesson 239 The Glory of My Father is My Own.

  1. Let not the truth about ourselves today be hidden by a false humility.  Let us instead be thankful for the gifts our Father gave us.  Can we see in those with whom He shares His glory any trace of sin and guilt?  And can it be that we are not among them, when He loves His Son forever and with perfect constancy, knowing he is as He created him?
  2. We thank you, Father, for the light that shines forever in us.  And we honor it because You share it with us.  We are one, united in this light and one with You, at peace with all creation and ourselves.[1]
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Personal Notes and Application:   The other day a holy brother referred to himself as a blabbermouth.  “You are not a blabbermouth,” I reminded him.  “You are a Son of God!”  Although I was quick to remind my brother of his holiness, there have often been times I have called myself the same thing.  In today’s lesson, Jesus asks us to abstract ourselves out of time, out of our process, out of our humanity and experience our divine natures.  As Sons of God we are without sin and guilt because God shares His glory with us. 

Would we call God and His Son a blabbermouth?  Would we refer to Jesus as a blabbermouth?  Of course not.  In describing ourselves we must be vigilant in that we do not ascribe the ego’s traits, its defenses and offenses, to our identity.  Instead we accept and appreciate the gifts our Father gave us!  He gives us the power to be quiet, to listen, to be still.  He gives us dignity and respect for ourselves and others.  He blesses us with discretion and entrusts us with not only our salvation but the salvation of the world.  We are not blabbermouths.  We hold our counsel until Holy Spirit leads us rather than jumping in ill-prepared, ready for attack, hot under the collar.  We have no spite, no vengeance, no overwhelming need to share or defend our opinion, our position, or our process.  We are blessed with a calm, still mouth devoted to the peace of God. 

Our mistakes do not define us.  In time we are in process.  We are going to fall back into the ego’s way of surviving and thriving in the world.  There may be times we forget who and what we are in Christ.  We may say things that would have better left unsaid.  We may interrupt others, butt in, and tell their stories for them.  We may tell people off or unwisely blather on about our spiritual insights.  No matter how vain, silly, rude, or unwise we may be at times, that is not who we are and that is not what we are.  We are Sons of God and nothing we do in our human is held to our account when we bring it to God.

When we are tempted to call ourselves names or define ourselves by our defenses and offenses, we can thank the Father for shining His light upon our hurtful, wrongful habit.  Instead of staying in the go-nowhere cycle of self-condemnation, we step out of the false humility and give our blabbermouth to God. 

Here it is, Lord.  Thank You for my beautiful mouth!  Thank You for letting me speak the words of the Voice for God!  I honor my mouth because You share it with me.  My mouth is Yours – at one with You and all creation. 

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 239. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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