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Lesson 328 I Choose The Second Place To Gain The First

II.  SECTION 11.  What is Creation?

Lesson 328 I choose the second place to gain the first.

  1. What seems to be the second place is first, for all things we perceive are upside down until we listen to the Voice for God.  It seems that we will gain autonomy but by our striving to be separate, and that our independence from the rest of God’s creation is the way in which salvation is obtained.  Yet all we find is sickness, suffering, and loss and death.  This is not what our Father wills for us, nor is there any second to His Will.  To join with His is but to find our own.  And since our will is His, it is to Him that we must go to recognize our will.
  2. There is no will but Yours.  And I am glad that nothing I imagine contradicts what You would have me be.  It is Your Will that I be wholly safe, eternally at peace.  And happily I share that Will which You, my Father, gave as part of me.[1]
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Jesus explains in today’s lesson that when we choose to put God first, we are putting our Selves first.  It reminds me of when I was teaching my children the value of good manners.  While making that extra effort may seem like an imposition, the fact is, I told them, that when we use good manners, people like being around us.  Since it is unpleasant to sit across the table from a friend who chews with their mouth open, we may not get invited to dinner if we do not take the measures to keep our mouth closed while we masticate our meal.  When we accept another’s hospitality, it benefits us to be the kind of guest that picks up after themselves and refrains from nabbing the biggest potato nor taking dibs on the most comfortable seat in the house.  Be the kind of guest that makes a lot of extra work for your host and chances are you simply will not be invited back.  When we receive a present, it is not only nice, but smart, to follow up with a big thank-you.  The little bit of effort that this entails, guarantees goodwill – people who do not express appreciation often get overlooked the next time a gift-giving occasion comes around.  The fact that neither one of my children nor myself particularly enjoy getting overlooked when it is time for invitations or presents, may seem like a selfish incentive to practice good manners, but God in His great love and desire for oneness and unity, has made our individual happiness and well-being dependent upon the appreciation, love, and respect we show for Him and for all Creation.   

While etiquette can only take us so far in this world, it serves as a means to understand the logic behind the how and why of putting God before our selves.  Put ourselves first, and we have removed ourselves from God and the oneness we share with Him and with all of Creation.  We see ourselves as separate beings.  Each one of us must then find our own way in a dog-eat-dog world. Even our most special and cherished alliances will fail and disappoint us in this state of putting ourselves first.  We thought it would be our happiness to set ourselves apart and strive to be Boss, but apart from Creation, we simply do not fare well.  Here in our isolated bits and parts we can not truly know one another, we can not truly comfort one another, we can not truly know and give the love with which we were created for and with. 

Today Jesus asks us to consider our true will – we will to be happy, we will to be secure, we will to have peace.  God’s Will and Creation’s Will are one – an idea never leaves its source.  When we will with God we are willing with our own will.  When we put God first, we put ourselves first for we are giving up our vain imaginings about who and what we are and have accepted our reality as His Son. 


[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 328. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 465.

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Coming up on sixty, 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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