ACIM Lesson 287 You are my goal, my Father. Only You. Where would I go but Heaven? What could be a substitute for happiness?
You are my goal, my Father. Only You.
1. Where would I go but Heaven? ²What could be a substitute for happiness? ³What gift could I prefer before the peace of God? ⁴What treasure would I seek and find and keep that can compare with my Identity? ⁵And would I rather live with fear than love?
2. You are my goal, my Father. ²What but You could I desire to have? ³What way but that which leads to You could I desire to walk? ⁴And what except the memory of You could signify to me the end of dreams and futile substitutions for the truth? ⁵You are my only goal. ⁶Your Son would be as You created him. ⁷What way but this could I expect to recognize my Self, and be at one with my Identity?
The Hidden Goal
When I am angry, or judgmental it is because I want something other than God. It seems like I have those feelings in response to someone’s words or actions. But the hidden (ego) goal is to distract me from God. When I get sick it is to turn my attention away from my only goal or to convince me that my goal is impossible. I eat a pint of ice cream and call it supper and insist to myself that I can’t help myself. I have chosen a goal other than God. When I feel guilty for any of these errors, I have chosen an ego goal over God.
What Do I Really Want?
Nothing in the world is going to bring me the joy and the peace that I experience when I choose God. When I feel myself slipping into another story, I ask myself what it is I want. Do I want to be angry or do I want the peace of God? I cannot have both. Do I want to be sick or do I want the joy and peace of God? Do I want to pretend that I have no power over my decisions, or do I want the peace of God? Do I want to punish myself for perceived guilt or do I want God? It is important that I look directly at my life and be honest with myself. Then if I recognize insane behavior, I can change my mind.
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