How to Handle the Future

ACIM Workbook Lesson 214 – for Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Affirmation:  “I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as God created me.”

“I place the future in the Hands of God.  (WB394)”

Reflections:

This passage emphasizes one of the three actions that are cautions:  don’t attack; don’t judge; and don’t make plans against contingencies to come (a Text tenet).  The latter is the important one when we place the future in the Hands of God.  We do not need to make plans, in most cases, but we don’t often realize this.  It seems to our minds that the prohibitions about attacks and judgment are somehow different from the planning that we all do as a matter of course.  Of course, realistically, some day-to-day, and even long-range plans are needed to keep us on course.  This is just common sense.  But Jesus is talking here about the many plans that we make that try to protect us from the acts in the future over which we have little or no control, and from which we are trying to protect ourselves.

We do not need to protect ourselves inordinately.  We do wear warm clothing in the winter, and we try to eat well, but most of our planning is not about this.  It is about the attempt to predict what our brothers and sisters might do that would harm us.  Alternately, it is about what we ourselves might do if we don’t remember all the mistakes that we have made in the past, mistakes that we don’t want to repeat because they brought hurt.

We do not need such mental gyrations.  God is our protector, and the Holy Spirit as our Communicator from God is here to give us the guidance that we need as we need it.  This latter point, “as we need it,” is important.  The Holy Spirit does not run ahead to tomorrow.  He is like Jesus’s words in the New Testament, “Take no thought for the morrow.”  So A Course in Miracles shows itself once again to be a continuation of Jesus’s earlier message (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).

So, to live well, it is best to leave the future to God.  We will be guided very specifically (a Manual tenet).  We will be told all that we need to do (also a tenet).  We need, therefore, to be careful for nothing.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would place the future in Your hands.  I would not run about today trying to make everything suited to my little personal needs.  This is such a petty way to live, and, moreover, it contradicts Your indication that we are to let the Holy Spirit guide us.

May today be a good day.  May I not make plans against contingencies to come, meaning those pesky problems that I anticipate but rarely see to fruition.  May I also not attack nor judge.  These three tendencies separate me from You, which is the last thing that I want.

Amen.

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