Lesson 242 This Day is God’s.  It Is My Gift To Him.

  1. I will not lead my life alone today. I do not understand the world, and so to try to lead my life alone must be but foolishness. But there is One who knows all that is best for me. And He is glad to make no choices for me but the ones that lead to God. I give this day to Him, for I would not delay my coming home, and it is He who knows the way to God.
  2. And so we give today to You. We come with minds wholly open. We do not ask for anything that we may think we want. Give us what You would have received by us. You know all our desires and our wants. And You will give us everything we need in helping us to find the way to You.[1]
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Meditation and Thoughts for Today

The longer we live in the world, the less we understand it!  Everywhere we turn for guidance leads to more bewilderment and confusion.  We thought education would inform us, only to discover a relentless march of theories, suppositions, and feeble perceptions that lead nowhere.  Dedicating our lives to good causes, we find that all causes are dependent upon that which they stand against.  Joining charitable and religious organizations does not alleviate the burden of our selfishness for it is there we find only more egotism, greed, and vanity.   In standing against one source of unwholesomeness, we begin to perceive the world itself as vile. 

It happens to each and every one of us.  We finally are forced to admit that we simply do not and cannot (do not even want) to understand the world.  We stop thinking we know all the answers.  We realize that we are not experts.  The more we work to make the world true, the larger the external world looms in our own minds, filling our minds with fear, dread, and uncertainty.  We come to see how silly we were to think that we could fix that which is not fixable, that which has no reality, no life, no substance.  We arrive at the place of surrender.

Today James and I had the privilege to participate in a dear brother’s public surrender at a baptismal service.  What a festive ceremony the Christ Wesleyan Church provided – sacred music, surround sound, projections on twin screens, tents to provide shade, Rita’s Italian Ice, hot dogs and other goodies… it was quite an event.  As each of the recruits came to the submerging tank to receive their rite, they gave a brief testimony of what brought them to this place.  One by one, old and young, male and female, they spoke of their need for help in traversing the world.  They recognized how foolish it is to try to lead their life alone, adrift, and apart.

Today we surrender our egos, our separated splintered selves, to Holy Spirit within.  Holy Spirit leads us to God, and we become whole again. We become one.  We are tired of resisting our unity, our brotherhood, our Sonship.  We are done with the fleeting thrills, passing sensations, and theoretical suppositions that the world offers in place of God’s eternal love, certainty, and devotion.  Today we place all of our trust, our devotion, our hopes and dreams in His Hands.  We let Him lead the way because it is the only way to God. 

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 242. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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