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Our Only Purpose Is to Live in Love

I do not know what anything is for.

Purpose is meaning. Today’s idea explains why nothing you see means anything. You do not know what it is for.

You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. These goals have nothing to do with your own best interests, because the ego is not you. This false identifi­cation makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for. As a result, you are bound to misuse it. When you believe this, you will try to withdraw the goals you have assigned to the world, instead of attempting to reinforce them.

Another way of describing the goals you now perceive is to say that they are all concerned with “personal” interests. Since you have no personal interests, your goals are really concerned with nothing. In cherishing them, therefore, you have no goals at all. And thus you do not know what anything is for.

It is crucial to your learning to be willing to give up the goals you have established for everything. The recognition that they are meaningless, rather than “good” or “bad,” is the only way to accomplish this. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 25, W-pI.25.1:1-2;2-3;5:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 25 Insights.)

The ego’s goals are always in opposition to our best interests. This is because the ego is the denial of God’s Love. But if we identify with the ego, the statement that everything is in our best interests can arouse defensiveness, resistance and even anger. But resistance to this idea stands as a barrier against God’s gift of all of His Love. It is a denial of our true Self, which accepts and knows It is united with the eternal Love of God.

The world does not seem to present anything that is in our best interests because we need to shift from accepting the ego’s purpose, which is to maintain the illusion of separation, to accepting the Holy Spirit’s purpose for everything. The Holy Spirit has one unified purpose — to bring the Love we are to our awareness.

As we accept the Holy Spirit’s purpose for all things, we join with the unity of Love. No longer is there any perceived adversary or threat to our existence. Instead we dwell in the joyous flow of giving and receiving Love. This is the purpose that is in our best interests.

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