ACIM Lesson 242 This day is God’s. It is my gift to Him. This lesson instructs me not to try to live my life alone because I do not understand the world. I am assured there is One Who knows what is best for me and He will lead me to God.
This day is God’s. It is my gift to Him.
1. I will not lead my life alone today. ²I do not understand the world, and so to try to lead my life alone must be but foolishness. ³But there is One Who knows all that is best for me. ⁴And He is glad to make no choices for me but the ones that lead to God. ⁵I give this day to Him, for I would not delay my coming home, and it is He Who knows the way to God.
2. And so we give today to You. ²We come with wholly open minds. ³We do not ask for anything that we may think we want. ⁴Give us what You would have received by us. ⁵You know all our desires and our wants. ⁶And You will give us everything we need in helping us to find the way to You.
My Birthday Lesson
What a perfect lesson for me today on my birthday. I am giving the day to God in gratitude for my creation. In giving this day to Him, I receive the best birthday gift ever. I am free from the endless “choices” of the ego, I am free from the impossible job of making decisions on my own. I don’t know what I need, my Father, but I have absolute trust in your undying love for me. I know you will give me everything I need to find my way back to you and that is all I need.
Here Is an Example
My son was driving from New Orleans to get away from Hurricane Ida. It’s a really long drive because the interstate is packed bumper to bumper with people fleeing the storm and so it was 11:00 PM and he hadn’t made it here yet. I got a phone call from him but we couldn’t hear each other. I tried calling him and couldn’t get through.
Suddenly, I start thinking about what this could mean. Maybe he was in a wreck, maybe something bad happened to him. I felt terrible fear arise in me, the kind that sets your stomach to churning. I knew what was happening. I use to have this kind of fear for my children and so it is a known hook for the ego. Even though I knew what was happening, something similar to an old circumstance was triggering old responses, the fear was still there and I still felt it.
I didn’t go to the Holy Spirit asking for the situation to change. I just kept giving my false thinking to the Holy Spirit knowing that I was giving Him something that does not exist. It took at least five minutes for the fear to subside. The next thought was that I should have done better, but the truth is, I did fine. My job is to be aware of ego thinking and to be willing to release it to the Holy Spirit. That is what I did. The peace I felt when it was released is God’s gift to me, and this kind of practice is taking me Home.
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