“Into this hopeless situation God sends His teachers. They bring the light of hope from God Himself. There is a way in which escape is possible. It can be learned and taught, but it requires patience and abundant willingness. (M-17.8)”
Affirmation: “I will be patient today.”
1 – The Way
We would be doomed if there had not been others, including Jesus, who showed us the Way. And now it is up to all of us to make a difference for our brothers and sisters who are caught in fear and insanity.
2 – Teachers/Students
We are all teachers and students at different times. It is not arrogance to assume that one is a teacher of God. We all teach what we would learn (a Manual tenet), and we do so all the time, even during sleeping hours (also a Manual tenet).
3 – Sharing
We would be in a hopeless situation in this world were it not that some have seen more, and therefore are willing and able to share. These individuals are not above making mistakes, and also being ruled by the ego. We have seen the shadow emerge in some of our religious evangelists in our lifetime. So we need to ask for help from the Holy Spirit constantly, and we need to pray that our own shadow does not overtake us. The shadow is a Jungian term, and it is not, perhaps, precisely equated with the term “ego” as used by Jesus in A Course in Miracles. But to my mind the two terms, ego and shadow, seem close in meaning.
4 – Live What One Teaches
If we are seeking to be a teacher at any given time, we need to be very patient with our brothers and sisters. If we do not live what we preach, we will not make very much headway with them.
5 – A Smile
And nowhere does Jesus counsel proselytizing. He says, famously, that some are ready only for a smile. We need to be ready and willing to share, if our brothers and sisters are interested. But we need to desist if they are not. We need to find a way for all of us to emerge from this “hopeless” situation. And I believe that we all will (an ACIM tenet).
I would offer smiles today to those who are ready for smiles. But I would offer more, by way of sharing, if the individual wants more. Only the other person can say what he or she is ready to hear.
May I have patience today. Failing to have enough patience is one of my weaker points, and I would instead make patience an asset. Be with me as I seek to find You in the many ways that You show Yourself in this world. You are within me, of this I am sure–as You are within all of my brothers and sisters. We project from within, making a world that is good or poor, depending upon our point of view. Many people suffer much, and we are tired. Be with us today as we seek to overcome inertia, and seek Your will in all that we do. Help us to help others, even as we also are helped by You to do so.