“Have a good day. Since only eternity is real, why not use the illusion of time constructively? You might remember that ‘underneath are the everlasting arms.’ You should begin each day with the prayer, ‘Help me to perform whatever miracles you want of me today.’” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.15.2:1-4)
One of my fragment prayers is to “have a good day.” It was delightful to read that Jesus himself wants this for everyone. Here he is likely talking, first of all, to Helen and Bill, but, now, by extension to all of us.
If we have a good day—indeed, start it out right—our neuroses will recede, and Jesus can use us better. Our conflicted minds are eased, and so we are in a much improved frame of mind, one that makes us eminently willing to be messengers for Jesus. He will send us, now that we are amenable, to perform miracles that he chooses, for he sees the whole picture. Even though we are starting out the day with neuroses quelled, we are not in a position to make decisions about what miracles we will perform, what expressions of love we will deliver to our brothers and sisters.
We let Jesus make that decision. And as our good day moves forward, we are sent on many errands of mercy for other people. We don’t wear ourselves out, though, with these missions. Jesus never intends us to sacrifice our good health, physical and emotional, in trying to do good for others. He makes this point in the complete and annotated edition prepared by the Circle of Atonement.
“Underneath are the everlasting arms.” Yes! God Himself supports us in our endeavors. Though time is an illusion, in this world it is real enough, and we can use it on behalf of eternity. Allow God to comfort us, to make us easy, natural, at peace, mellow. God’s real world is a place of peace, and He will take us there, repeatedly, if we open our hearts.
I have felt cocooned in Your love most lately. Reading A Course in Miracles is the instrument that has elevated my frame of mind. Thank You for its gems. The very words have a resonance that is divine.
Send me on what errands of mercy you would have me go. Help me to extend love to the ones in my circle, and, beyond my circle, if You wish.