Miracles News

October-December, 2017

Letting Go of the Outcome

by Rev. Larry Glenz, O.M.C.

Rev. Larry GlenzIt has been more than two years now since an independent filmmaker first approached me. He asked if he could make the book I authored, Forgiving Kevin, into a motion picture. It is my memoir about my years as the father of a heroin addict.

I had mixed feelings about how I should respond to the movie proposal. Years of study in A Course in Miracles have taught me to take such an important decision to the Holy Spirit for clarification.

My method of contemplation is simple. I wrote the following question in my journal: “Should I give the rights of the book to this filmmaker to make a movie?”

Then I wrote all my own thoughts about how I feel. The third step is to pray for grace and meditate, asking Holy Spirit, “What would You have me do?” Following the meditation, I write the answers I receive.

I had concerns that the story might hurt certain members of our family. Kevin’s mom and his brother did not originally like the idea of our family’s ordeal being displayed publicly. My greatest concern, however, was how Kevin’s young daughter, Olivia, would be affected as she grew up.

In short, I received this answer from Holy Spirit: “Say yes to the movie proposal and let go of the outcome.”

Since then much has happened. I had no knowledge of the process of making a movie. It has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows full of exciting possibilities and heartbreaking disappointments.

The movie stalled in November just as the filming was all set to begin. The initial money had been raised. The staff of filmmakers was fully assembled. The screenplay was written. Well-known actors had been chosen and secured. The locations had been scouted and selected. The daily schedule for a 5-week shooting was set and distributed to all involved. It was all ready to go.

For reasons I do not know, a large chunk of the preliminary funding dropped out on Election Day 2016. That money was essential to the start-up and the team is still trying to recover this funding. This withdrawal of funds started a chain reaction of problems that still need to be overcome.

Spirit’s advice to me remains: “Let go of the outcome.” As all Course students know, it can be difficult to let go and let God handle the details. But this is our practice.

Most of the team is still in place and is working to secure new funds to kick-start the process. There are many wonderful people involved with their hearts set on helping to heal those caught in this insidious opioid epidemic.

I continue to be reminded that Holy Spirit has counseled me to let go of the outcome. All this can be very challenging. I am determined, however, to follow Spirit’s advice. Let God’s Will be done.

I have often wondered why Holy Spirit would have this project unfold in such a manner. So many well-intentioned people have reached out to support the cause of healing drug addiction. Why would such a promising effort by such passionate people fall apart?

I have solicited no one for funds. Nevertheless, there recently has been some more investment money coming from people who have a strong desire to help this cause. But as the opioid epidemic continues to increase its death grip on our children, we are all left wondering how it will turn out.

My role seems clear. I am not to agonize over the apparent obstacles to the solution. I am to trust in Spirit and to keep my mind open to opportunities that will present themselves. Only God’s plan will work. I trust in that. And I will let go of the outcome.

Rev. Larry Glenz, O.M.C., is a Pathways of Light minister living in Long Beach, New York.
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