Manual for Teachers: Section 13 . . WHAT IS THE REAL MEANING OF SACRIFICE? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 33 paragraph 8

Section 13


page 33, paragraph 8




8. Teacher of God, do not forget the meaning of sacrifice, and remember what each decision you make must mean in terms of cost. ²Decide for God, and everything is given you at no cost at all. ³Decide against Him, and you choose nothing, at the expense of the awareness of everything. ⁴What would you teach? ⁵Remember only what you would learn. ⁶For it is here that your concern should be. ⁷Atonement is for you. ⁸Your learning claims it and your learning gives it. ⁹The world contains it not. ¹⁰But learn this course and it is yours. ¹¹God holds out His Word to you, for He has need of teachers. ¹²What other way is there to save His Son?

Grace Manifest

I had supper with my friend Alisha last night. What a teacher of God she is! Her life is the lesson she holds out to the world. When I am with her I learn serenity, peace, acceptance, and consistency. When I leave her my mind is calmer and I am happier. It is our lives that teach. Our words are just the caption under the picture. Sometimes the words are congruent with the picture and sometimes not.


I don’t wake up in the morning thinking, “Today I will be a good teacher of God as I do only this and this and this.” I don’t wake up thinking, “Today I will be a teacher of God so I will say only these words or those words.” I wake up thinking, “I choose to be God’s Teacher today. What would You have me do? What would You have me say?” I give my willingness. It is not a matter of self-will, of efforting. It is about surrender. I choose to surrender myself to my Self. Then I get to watch the show. Will Myron remember her purpose today? Will she live that choice?


One day I asked for a way to loosen my hold on a stubborn grievance and I was given the reminder that the Son of God is innocent. This is true no matter what the story seems to indicate. That proved to be a very helpful practice and applied to so much more than the one person and one situation.

Prayer of the Heart

It was helpful, not because I said the words, but because I desired to be free of the grievance. You wouldn’t have guessed that considering how tightly I was holding onto it, but I did truly desire release. The ego part of the mind wanted to be right, but the Heart desired freedom. If I had not really wanted to let go of the grievance the practice would not have brought me release. It is the prayer of the Heart that is answered, not the words.

Little Willingness

Holy Spirit, when I first became aware of a desire to surrender, my willingness was just a tiny seed. My practice has watered that seed and it has grown. I am grateful. That particular morning you helped me to see that I had been seeing surrender as a willing sacrifice. I hadn’t realized that. Thank you for the clarity. I know that God does not want my sacrifice. That experience gave me the willingness to do surrender in joy instead. I now surrender happily.

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