ACIM Workbook Daily Lesson 98, Year 2022

ACIM Daily Lesson 98 I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation. ACIM Lesson 98

I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

ACIM Lesson 98

Lesson 98

I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

1. Today is a day of special dedication. ²We take a stand on but one side today. ³We side with truth and let illusions go. ⁴We will not vacillate between the two, but take a firm position with the One. ⁵We dedicate ourselves to truth today, and to salvation as God planned it be. ⁶We will not argue it is something else. ⁷We will not seek for it where it is not. ⁸In gladness we accept it as it is, and take the part assigned to us by God.

As I sat for my first five minutes of the day, I repeated the mantra over and over. I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation. Next, I dedicated myself to truth today, to God’s plan for salvation. As my mind began to quiet, I started to notice some thoughts. I thought about someone I love who is having problems and someone who is involved. Then, I realized that what I was really doing was projecting guilt onto them.

When I let these thoughts in, I saw that I was making them responsible for my upset. I sat with Jesus and looked at all this with him. He led me to other times in my life when I did the same thing. Of course, it never worked because all I tried to give away stayed with me. Ideas leave not their source. The image I had was of dark spots staining a brilliant light. I let them go, and now I feel so much better, so much lighter. Projection is a plan for salvation that will not work. I accept God’s plan instead as I forgive myself and everyone involved.

Certainty of Purpose

2. How happy to be certain! ²All our doubts we lay aside today, and take our stand with certainty of purpose, and with thanks that doubt is gone and surety has come. ³We have a mighty purpose to fulfill, and have been given everything we need with which to reach the goal. ⁴Not one mistake stands in our way. ⁵For we have been absolved from errors. ⁶All our sins are washed away by realizing they were but mistakes.

One of the things that Jesus showed me this morning is that my past was riddled with these dark stains. Projection used to be the only plan I had. They were just mistakes, not sins. The stains are easily removed as I release them to the Holy Spirit. That I still pick up that old way of doing things is just a habit that I can break. I have proven this to myself. When I revert to the ego’s plan for salvation, I notice it and I change my mind. The ego-mind argues that its plan is the only plan but I know better now. I am certain that it doesn’t work and that God’s plan does.

Taking a Stand

3. The guiltless have no fear, for they are safe and recognize their safety. ²They do not appeal to magic, nor invent escapes from fancied threats without reality. ³They rest in quiet certainty that they will do what it is given them to do. ⁴They do not doubt their own ability because they know their function will be filled completely in the perfect time and place. ⁵They took the stand which we will take today, that we may share their certainty and thus increase it by accepting it ourselves.

4. They will be with us; all who took the stand we take today will gladly offer us all that they learned and every gain they made. ²Those still uncertain, too, will join with us, and, borrowing our certainty, will make it stronger still. ³While those as yet unborn will hear the call we heard, and answer it when they have come to make their choice again. ⁴We do not choose but for ourselves today.

A Very Important Five Minutes

Those who have gone before me and accomplished God’s plan for salvation within their own mind, are standing with me today. They have released all belief in guilt and will lend me their strength and their certainty. I don’t see how I could fail with all this help. I can relax in the knowledge that this will be done in the perfect time and place. Maybe here. Maybe now.

Paragraph four is one of my favorites in the Course. It reiterates that those who have gone before will gladly offer us all that they learned and every gain they made. And those who are still uncertain will join with us and borrowing our certainty will make it stronger. This encourages me to stand firm in my resolve. I have help in doing so and I am helping others who are also trying. In so doing, I am becoming stronger. And here is the part I love best. Jesus tells us that those as yet unborn will hear the call we heard, and answer it when they have come to make their choice again. Oh my, Lord! Do you see how important these five minutes an hour are? How could I not do this?

A Bargain You Cannot Lose

5. Is it not worth five minutes of your time each hour to be able to accept the happiness that God has given you? ²Is it not worth five minutes hourly to recognize your special function here? ³Is not five minutes but a small request to make in terms of gaining a reward so great it has no measure? ⁴You have made a thousand losing bargains at the least.

6. Here is an offer guaranteeing you your full release from pain of every kind, and joy the world does not contain. ²You can exchange a little of your time for peace of mind and certainty of purpose, with the promise of complete success. ³And since time has no meaning, you are being asked for nothing in return for everything. ⁴Here is a bargain that you cannot lose. ⁵And what you gain is limitless indeed!

Jesus is emphasizing how little is asked of us for such a great return. He needs to do this because it is really the only way to convince us that this small effort is worth our time. I think of all the time I have spent in just this one lifetime trying to make the illusion work for me. I have achieved little for my efforts that have been great. Now I am being offered a different approach, one that was given me by God and guaranteed to work. How could I not do what Jesus asks of me?

“If Only” Thoughts

As I was writing about this, Jesus showed me some more thoughts in my mind. The “if only” thoughts that are the ego’s plan for salvation. If only my body was pain free, I would be saved. If only my loved ones were happy and safe, I would be free. Another was, if only nothing bad ever happened to any of us I would be free. Obviously, this is a losing proposition.

There is no way I can do anything to achieve these goals and if I did somehow influence them, more would pop up. And when that doesn’t work, the ego tries to interest me in projection again. It insists that it is all someone else’s fault and I am just the innocent victim. And somehow that is supposed to save me? Thank you, Jesus, for showing me these fruitless beliefs. I release them to you. I have no use for them.

Our Practice

7. Each hour today give Him your tiny gift of but five minutes. ²He will give the words you use in practicing today’s idea the deep conviction and the certainty you lack. ³His words will join with yours, and make each repetition of today’s idea a total dedication, made in faith as perfect and as sure as His in you. ⁴His confidence in you will bring the light to all the words you say, and you will go beyond their sound to what they really mean. ⁵Today you practice with Him, as you say:

⁶I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

I can tell that Jesus is strengthening my practice. I feel his presence as I pause for each five minute practice. Clearly, he is guiding me to the thoughts that need to be released because I had not let myself be aware of some of them until now. I know he is there because I am looking forward to the next five minutes.

Give Him the Words

8. In each five minutes that you spend with Him, He will accept your words and give them back to you all bright with faith and confidence so strong and steady they will light the world with hope and gladness. ²Do not lose one chance to be the glad receiver of His gifts, that you may give them to the world today.

9. Give Him the words, and He will do the rest. ²He will enable you to understand your special function. ³He will open up the way to happiness, and peace and trust will be His gifts; His answer to your words. ⁴He will respond with all His faith and joy and certainty that what you say is true. ⁵And you will have conviction then of Him Who knows the function that you have on earth as well as Heaven. ⁶He will be with you each practice period you share with Him, exchanging every instant of the time you offer Him for timelessness and peace.

No wonder I am enjoying this practice so much! I appreciate the thoughts he is showing me because I know that they are obstructing the truth in my mind. And I also appreciate the peace and joy I feel in answer to my practice. I feel stronger and more certain now than I have ever felt. The contrast between how I felt before these practices the last few days and how I feel now proves his words to be true. I am convicted of my function here on earth as well as Heaven. I didn’t realize how my faith in my purpose was slipping until I started these practices.

The Choice We Made with Him

10. Throughout the hour, let your time be spent in happy preparation for the next five minutes you will spend again with Him. ²Repeat today’s idea while you wait for the glad time to come to you again. ³Repeat it often, and do not forget each time you do so, you have let your mind be readied for the happy time to come.

11. And when the hour goes and He is there once more to spend a little time with you, be thankful and lay down all earthly tasks, all little thoughts and limited ideas, and spend a happy time again with Him. ²Tell Him once more that you accept the part that He would have you take and help you fill, and He will make you sure you want this choice, which He has made with you and you with Him.

He Will Make Sure I want this Choice

This last sentence of the lesson is a doozy! First, I have been looking forward to the next five minutes with Him. Now that it is time, I go into it with enthusiasm, happiness, trust and dedication to my purpose.  Now for the last sentence. ²Tell Him once more that you accept the part that He would have you take and help you fill, and He will make you sure you want this choice, which He has made with you and you with Him.

 Jesus says that the Holy Spirit would have me take this part and will help me fill it. Then, he says something else. He will make sure that I want this choice. I didn’t want to overlook that phrase so I am considering it now. He will decide what my part is and then make sure that I want this. I wondered what that meant, how does that work? The last part of the last sentence clarifies this for me. It says that we made this choice together. He made it with me and I made it with Him. Ah, now I understand.

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