ACIM Workbook Daily Lesson 83, Year 2022

ACIM Workbook Daily Lesson 83 My only function is the one God gave me. My happiness and my function are one.

My only function is the one God gave me. My happiness and my function are one. ACIM Lesson 83

My only function is the one God gave me.

My happiness and my function are one.

ACIM Daily Lesson 83

Lesson 83

Today let us review these ideas:

1. (65) My only function is the one God gave me.

²I have no function but the one God gave me. ³This recognition releases me from all conflict, because it means I cannot have conflicting goals. ⁴With one purpose only, I am always certain what to do, what to say and what to think. ⁵All doubt must disappear as I acknowledge that my only function is the one God gave me.

2. More specific applications of this idea might take these forms:

²My perception of this does not change my function.
³This does not give me a function other than the one God gave me.
⁴Let me not use this to justify a function God did not give me.

Many parents now have found themselves in the position of having a child who is addicted to substances. This can be very painful and discouraging. Most of the time, parents strive with all their will to get the child to stop using. They try to talk sense into them, or to force them into getting help. They try wheedling, guilting, arguing, bribing, anything they can imagine will change the situation.

My Purpose

What I try to remember in every situation is that I have only the one function God gave me. It would never be that I was to change someone else’s mind. I remember my purpose and that forgiveness is how I achieve that purpose. In so doing, all conflict falls away. If I have one purpose, there is nothing to conflict with.

If my purpose was to save someone, then I would have two purposes. I would have the purpose God gave me and the purpose of saving someone. They would conflict and I would be uncertain what to do and what to say and think. I am using this example of children and parents because it is so common. But it applies to every instance in which we would choose a second function.

I Must Become Single Minded

If I want to be at peace and happy, and if I want to awaken, I must become single-minded. I must choose to the one function that is mine, given me by God. So if something occurs that disturbs my peace today, I will use this lesson to restore it. No matter how compelling the situation and the temptation to engage in it, I will remember the lesson. I willnot use it to justify a function God did not give me.

The Practice

3. (66) My happiness and my function are one.

²All things that come from God are one. ³They come from Oneness, and must be received as one. ⁴Fulfilling my function is my happiness because both come from the same Source. ⁵And I must learn to recognize what makes me happy, if I would find happiness.

4. Some useful forms for specific applications of this idea are:

²This cannot separate my happiness from my function.
³The oneness of my happiness and my function remains wholly unaffected by this.
⁴Nothing, including this, can justify the illusion of happiness apart from my function.

Whatever I think would take me from my one function, I must believe is more important. That would be wrong! I know that I would be wrong because I have experienced both many times. Over time and with practice, I have learned what would make me happy. I also understand the logic behind my choice for my one function. My function came from God and so does my happiness. So it must be that my function and my happiness are one in the same.

Remembering My Lesson

So, if something happens today that draws me into some drama or another, I will remember my lesson. I will decide not to let that situation separate me from my happiness and my function. My happiness and my function remain wholly unaffected by this situation. Because I have practiced this for a long time, I’ve learned to trust forgiveness.

I forgive the situation and it disappears. Sometimes I have to work at it a bit, reminding myself of my true function. Sometimes to release it, I have to sit in the emotion looking at my thoughts with the Holy Spirit.  But whatever I have to do, I do it. I have had enough peace and happiness to know I will not give them up. If I try to support two functions I will be giving up my happiness. I’m not going to do that.

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