My part is essential to God’s plan which is ultimately for all His children to be happy and know how precious they are. From last year’s daily writing:
It’s a paradox: we are all One, not separate bodies, but One; a concept that obliterates the ego and abolishes specialness, yet somehow, the Course alleges, is essential to God’s plan for salvation. On one hand it feels like our individual identities are fused, merged into Oneness: we are all equal, all the same. On the other hand, A Course in Miracles tells us: each of our parts is essential! Each of us is so important that God’s joy is incomplete without us.
That is the thing I adore about A Course in Miracles, it always makes me feel loved. Joy is our function here and God’s will is that we be joyous. All of us. The title of this lesson could very well have been: My part is essential is God’s plan for a joyous world.
My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.
Just as God’s Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Father’s plan. Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies, which lead separate lives and go their separate ways. One function shared by separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one of them is equally essential to them all.
God’s Will for you is perfect happiness. Why should you choose to go against His Will? The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills. This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness. Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you. They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.
You are indeed essential to God’s plan. Without your joy, His joy is incomplete. Without your smile, the world cannot be saved. While you are sad, the light that God Himself appointed as the means to save the world is dim and lusterless, and no one laughs because all laughter can but echo yours.
You are indeed essential to God’s plan. Just as your light increases every light that shines in Heaven, so your joy on earth calls to all minds to let their sorrows go, and take their place beside you in God’s plan. God’s messengers are joyous, and their joy heals sorrow and despair. They are the proof that God wills perfect happiness for all who will accept their Father’s gifts as theirs.
We will not let ourselves be sad today. For if we do, we fail to take the part that is essential to God’s plan, as well as to our vision. Sadness is the sign that you would play another part, instead of what has been assigned to you by God. Thus do you fail to show the world how great the happiness He wills for you. And so you do not recognize that it is yours.
Today we will attempt to understand joy is our function here. If you are sad, your part is unfulfilled, and all the world is thus deprived of joy, along with you. God asks you to be happy, so the world can see how much He loves His Son, and wills no sorrow rises to abate his joy; no fear besets him to disturb his peace. You are God’s messenger today. You bring His happiness to all you look upon; His peace to everyone who looks on you and sees His message in your happy face.
We will prepare ourselves for this today, in our five-minute practice periods, by feeling happiness arise in us according to our Father’s Will and ours. Begin the exercises with the thought today’s idea contains. Then realize your part is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God’s messengers. Think what this means. You have indeed been wrong in your belief that sacrifice is asked. You but receive according to God’s plan, and never lose or sacrifice or die.
Now let us try to find that joy that proves to us and all the world God’s Will for us. It is your function that you find it here, and that you find it now. For this you came. Let this one be the day that you succeed! Look deep within you, undismayed by all the little thoughts and foolish goals you pass as you ascend to meet the Christ in you.
He will be there. And you can reach Him now. What could you rather look upon in place of Him Who waits that you may look on Him? What little thought has power to hold you back? What foolish goal can keep you from success when He Who calls to you is God Himself?
He will be there. You are essential to His plan. You are His messenger today. And you must find what He would have you give. Do not forget the idea for today between your hourly practice periods. It is your Self Who calls to you today. And it is Him you answer, every time you tell yourself you are essential to God’s plan for the salvation of the world.
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this lesson is real just another reminder that “5 The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself. ” My only real job is to worry about myself and see myself connected to everyone else. My job is to see God in everyone. My God is to look at “bad behavior” as a call for love.
My purpose for this lesson is to be happy.
And my part is essential.
“We will prepare ourselves for this today, in our five-minute practice periods, by feeling happiness arise in us according to our Father’s Will and ours. Begin the exercises with the thought today’s idea contains. Then realize your part is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God’s messengers.”
In the middle of chaos, I can choose peace. In the middle of anger, I can choose love. My responsibility is to accept the Atonement for myself. My job is to stay anchored in the knowledge that I am so loved, so supported that nothing can keep me from my goal. The Course says, “When a situation has been dedicated wholly to truth, peace is inevitable.”
The Course talks a lot about goals. Intentions are everything. “2 In any situation in which you are uncertain, the first thing to consider, very simply, is “What do I want to come of this? What is it for?” The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning, for it is this which will determine the outcome. “
“What do I want to come of this? What is it for?” For me, it is helpful not to think about this lesson as being the salvation of the world (too much responsibility there!) but instead to think of it in terms of making myself happy and demonstrating what that looks like. “The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning.” Today, my goal is joy. Today my goal is happiness. Today my goal is to have and be what God wills for me, which is for me to know that I am totally safe, totally cared for, totally loved and cherished and that because He has it all covered that I can just relax and enjoy the ride. And if I think I spot something that arouses suspicion or discontent in any form, to remember that I am only seeing a tiny sliver of the picture; I don’t know how all the pieces fit, but I can still trust that it is all unfolding in divine right order.
My job in situations such as those is to ask for guidance. I am always being led. The joy of doing these exercises is that the more I do them, the clearer the connection. So on top of being in a position to be happy, I can also be clear. God is always clear. If I am feeling confused or doubtful then obviously I am listening to my ego and not the Voice of the Holy Spirit.
So, I am happy today to know my part is essential. I am happy to know that I am doing God’s work. That doesn’t mean I am going around telling other people how to be in the world – it means I am going around content in myself and sure of God.
It’s a pretty awesome place to hang out!
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.