“Broadly speaking. . .it can be said that it is well to start the day right. It is always possible to begin again, should the day begin with error. Yet there are obvious advantages in terms of saving time. (M-16.2)”
Affirmation: “I start the day aright today.”
1 – Before Arising
While our heads are still on the pillow, we ought to have a word with God. We need to dedicate the upcoming day to His purposes. And we need the strength and gentleness that turning to Him will bring without fail. Then as we get up, may we say a word of two of gratefulness for the lives that we have. (This is a recommendation from Rhonda Byrne’s books). The fact that we start the day aright does, as Jesus says, save time; and ACIM notes that, at least in the beginning of our study, we ought to think about saving time. This world has worn on wearily for eons, and if we believe nothing else from ACIM, perhaps we ought to realize that we too think that there has been enough suffering. Let us do nothing that will bring on more suffering. May we choose to offer joy to ourselves (we do have this as an option), and our brothers and sisters.
2 – Start the Day Again
If we do not begin the day aright, or if we try and fail, then Jesus offers us a way out: We can choose to start the day again. And this can happen as often as we fail in our thoughts, words, and actions throughout the day. He will be there to help us. And the Holy Spirit will offer the guidance that we so desperately need in living our lives. He knows all circumstances–past, present, and future–that impinge on any decision, and He will never lead us wrong. Perhaps we mistake His Words, but that is a different issue. If discerned correctly, His Words are always on the beam.
3 – Begin Again
So: Let us resolve today to begin again whenever necessary, but, optimally, let’s get the day started right from the very beginning. And we will then know the blessing of a good day, optimally lived. We will surely save some time in that thousand years that we are promised in ACIM we will save for ourselves, and our brothers and sisters.
Thank You for the reassurance that even when things get started badly on any day, there is a solution. Jesus offers it: Just start over. Thank You for this insight from my elder brother.
Be with me throughout the day today. Even as I write, I sometimes need to reread what I have written, for You speak to me and correct what I have said. I may be misinterpreting about this, but I do believe that You guide me. I do not always know when, and I can make mistakes about guidance.
Help me to have a good day. Help me to be good to those who are struggling through the day. They won’t tell me that they are having a bad time of it, but I will recognize in the ways that I am spoken to. Be with me to offer compassion.