Miracles News

January-March, 2018

The Power of Devotion

by Rev. Joanne Kraenzle Schneider, PhD, O.M.C.

Rev. Joanne Schneider“Do not underestimate the power of the devotion of God’s Son, nor the power the god he worships has over him. For he places himself at the altar of his god, whether it be the god he made or the God Who created him.” (T-11.VI.5: 1-2)

Question: Inner Wisdom, what is the god I worship?

Answer: The god you worship is the world and everything in it. You are devoted to the world. You are also devoted to what people think of you. You are devoted to meeting expectations because that again ties into what people think of you. And this devotion drives your experience in the world.

Your devotion to the world is also manifested by your crossing things off your to-do list. More specifically, your devotion to the world is based on how you think about that list. You think you accomplish things in the world and this is symbolized by crossing them off of your to-do list. It gives you satisfaction and you believe that satisfaction affirms your worthiness.

That crossing-off satisfaction still does not satisfy the depths of your longing. It only distracts you from your true worthiness. You want more. You want to know peace. But looking for and focusing on satisfactions of the world distract you from that peace.

Don’t misunderstand. It is not the things you do in the world that is the issue; it is how you look at the things that you do in the world. You place value on the world and the things you do in the world. This gives them power over you. They are your master. They nag you to turn your attention their way. You feel guilt when you are not focused on them. The emotion triggered by these things you do (or don’t do) in the world indicates your allegiance to them, your devotion to the world.

Turn your focus inward to Me. Note how you get distracted easily: the blueberries distracted you and you ate them, then the crackers, then the roasted seaweed. And if it’s not food, it is your thoughts that distract you, or your phone with the latest text.

Refocus inward and the more you do you will get better at being inward until it is your new normal. Turning your focus toward me, Inner Wisdom, means listening to what I direct you to do next. At a minimum, know when you are focused outward to thought and how it feels differently than being focused inward. You will experience the outward pull. When this happens, refocus inward. Notice how your inward focus deepens your experience of peace.

Sit here and focus inward. You heard that text come in. Focus inward and ignore that text; it will wait. Refocus inward. Your thoughts go to the sprinkler running in the front yard. Refocus inward. Sit with your focus inward and continuously bring it back to Inner Wisdom.

“Do not underestimate the power of the devotion of God’s Son, nor the power the god he worships has over him. For he places himself at the altar of his god, whether it be the god he made or the God Who created him.” (T-11.VI.5: 1-2)

Finally, do not underestimate the power of your devotion as God’s Son. Your devotion can bring you many world achievements, and your devotion can bring you eternal peace. There is nothing your devotion cannot do. Yet, you do not use your devotion to its fullest. Focus your devotion. Place yourself at the altar of the God who created you with an unwavering and devoted heart.

Rev. Joanne Kraenzle Schneider is a Pathways of Light minister living near St. Louis, Missouri.
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