ACIM Workbook Lesson 256 – for Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Affirmation: “God is the only goal I have today.”
“And so, our Father, would we come to You in Your appointed way. We have no goal except to hear Your Voice, and find the way Your sacred Word has pointed out to us. (WB422)”
This affirmation and prayer, in a capsule, are most precisely how I view A Course in Miracles.
We must follow guidance, because we do not have the prescience to know all past, present, and future factors that affect our reality (a paraphrase from the Manual). When I follow guidance, my day goes well. When I get off the track, being willful, then my day goes downhill (and fast). We must be flexible enough, as I have said previously in this blog, to turn on a dime. We must start the day over again, metaphorically, when we have gotten off track.
This is the only sane way to live. It gives the blessings which ACIM promises to us. It is the greatest piece of wisdom, in my estimation, that ACIM offers.
The means of following guidance is through our relationships, especially a particular relationship to a “brother” who, once in our life, stays in it. There may be more than one of these relationships in a lifetime, but generally they are few (a Manual tenet).
Finding God (who was never lost, but we turned away) is our greatest need. Until we do this, we flounder, though He has never abandoned us, and He can help even when we think He is hiding from us.
Some of our brothers and sisters go throughout life without a spiritual experience. I once had a close friend who said, “I didn’t choose not to believe.” And she was on a constant search. Finally, just before her death, after counseling, she found the peace that she had sought.
Surely there are many in our circle who are in similar straits. We would reach out to them to the extent that they are ready. They probably would not welcome proselytizing. We would turn them off. The most we can offer is to live our lives so that our friends who are searching can wonder, and ask, in their own way, for what we have found. Then we are freed to talk. What we say will find a receptive audience.
Thank You for allowing me to find a sense of being “saved” at an early age. I did not know then how much would be offered me in this lifetime. Thank You for the many blessings that knowing You has brought to me. Forgive me in the moments–past, present, and possibly future–when I turn away. I know that You have never abandoned me. It is I who is fallible.
Help me not to judge, not to attack, and not to make plans against contingencies to come. Jesus has given these three facets of our lives as the danger points. May I bypass danger today. And may I know that life can only be lived one day at a time, and tomorrow must I pray the same prayer.
When You are not my sole goal, then let me realize that I am thinking amiss. When my goal is solely for You, then all lesser desires and loves fall into place easily. You would not leave me alone, but You do want me to reach inwardly to You above all else. Then and only then is my welfare assured. Thank You.