Daily Inspiration

Willingness Is the Key to Salvation

The ego’s plan for salvation centers around holding grievances. ²It maintains that, if someone else spoke or acted differently, if some external circumstance or event were changed, you would be saved. ³Thus, the source of salvation is constantly perceived as outside yourself. ⁴Each grievance you hold is a declaration, and an assertion in which you believe, that says, “If this were different, I would be saved.” ⁵The change of mind necessary for salvation is thus demanded of everyone and everything except yourself.

²According to this insane plan, any perceived source of salvation is acceptable provided that it will not work.

God’s plan for salvation works simply because, by following His direction, you seek for salvation where it is. ²But if you are to succeed, as God promises you will, you must be willing to seek there only.

²Ask [God] very specifically:

³What would You have me do?
⁴Where would You have me go?
⁵What would You have me say, and to whom?

⁶Give Him full charge of the rest of the practice period, and let Him tell you what needs to be done by you in His plan for your salvation. ⁷He will answer in proportion to your willingness to hear His Voice. ⁸Refuse not to hear. (A Course in Miracles, W-71.2;3:2;5:1-2;9:2-8. See also ACIM Lesson 71 Insights.)

Throughout the Course, willingness is emphasized as key to our awakening to Love. We experience this dream of separation because of our desire for specialness. This desire is in direct opposition to God’s Love extended equally to all. While we seek specialness, we are unwilling to share the joy and peace God shares with our true Self.

We need to honestly answer this question: “Has anything I have sought in the world brought me lasting happiness and peace?” Illusions last only as long as we believe they are real. It takes consistent effort to reinforce the mistaken belief in the reality of illusions. It takes no effort at all to accept the gift of Love God has already given. But it does take willingness to let go of the wish for specialness. How long must we search where lasting happiness and peace cannot be found? How long are we willing to endure depression and guilt for the temporary morsels of seeming happiness the ego offers?

Today we choose to practice asking God to guide us throughout the day. Our willingness will determine how happy and peaceful we are. With our willingness, we choose peace.

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