“Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Your worth is established by God. . . .Again,–nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth. This point is not debatable except in delusions Your ego is never at stake because God did not create it. Your spirit is never at stake because He did. (T54)”
Affirmation: “My worth is established by God alone.”
1 – Conditional Love
This is a passage for those of us who were reared in conditional love, particularly achievement in the eyes of the world. This achievement may have been good grades, more money, “success.” It really doesn’t matter what form the conditional love took.
2 – An Insane World
This is an insane world, and so it stands to reason that we were reared with many errors being made. Because we were young and vulnerable, we believed that we had to play by the rules that our elders made up. And, of course, they too had been victims of faulty upbringing.
3 – Jesus’s Healing
The good news of ACIM is that Jesus can heal a neurotic. We do not have to look back with lament to our past, thinking that there is no better for us because our childhood was so flawed by faulty reasoning. We can overcome, with God’s help and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
4 – We Are Acceptable to God
In this passage, Jesus tells us that our worth is not established by teaching or learning. And he goes on to repeat the idea in the same paragraph. Indeed, we are acceptable to God just as we are. Of course, the point of A Course in Miracles is to bring us closer to God and to happiness. And forgiveness of our brother, in the context of a relationship to him, is the way.
5 – God Loves Us Just as We Are
Keep in mind that our achievements will never be good enough, but they are not needed.
We may feel a great sense of reassurance at this point. God loves me just as I am! What a blessed thought, but have we ever believed it before?
You know that I was reared in conditional love, though I always tried to please my family, and I knew that they were happy with me. They wanted me to achieve so that they could be proud of me. But none of them had the joy of studying A Course in Miracles, and so the mistakes are easily forgiven. I would not love anyone with conditional love. Help me to reach out, always, with unconditional love.
May I be for my closest family what they do need in me. May I eliminate the stress that gives me difficult times, and may I reach out with the love that You have shown me. May I always remember to thank You.