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"The Art Of Being Yourself"
The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 12, 2017
of the words that are familiar to almost everyone are "amazing
grace." The words are the title to a song that has been
presented by a myriad of singers and musicians. Yet, for many,
the words are sweet but misunderstood. The lyrics to the song
were published in 1779 as a Christian hymn. Ministers,
preachers, priests and others used the word "grace" often
in their sermons and writings. During the past couple of
decades it has been replaced by many in the Christian communities by
the word "favor." This word became popularized as
the mega-church pastor, Joel Osteen, used it and continues to use it
often. But unlike "grace" the word "favor"
implies that G-d favors some over others or that we must be in G-d's
"favor" for us to realize the good results of our
desires. Yet, evidence clearly shows us that G-d is "no
respecter of persons" and so we know the word can be
problematic for those who adapt it into their consciousness.
Once again if we heed the philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus, not
the religion that shadows his teachings, but his words, we shall
find his instruction to look to Nature to understand our
relationship to G-d and the Universe in which we live, we shall find
the truth that "favor" is a false idea and
"grace" is the truth.
This is how the
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines grace: "unmerited
divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or
sanctification." Note the word "unmerited" ...
in other words, our actions do not "merit" us the good
that we receive from G-d. We don't receive the answers to our
prayers because we are good. We receive them because we keep
faith with the truth that we can have what we affirm is ours as long
as it takes nothing away from anyone else nor diminishes anyone in
any way, including ourselves. This has nothing to do with
being bad or good in the eyes of those in the world. Religion
has taught us otherwise. It would be nice if those of religion
would "favor" the world by stopping this ridiculous
is what the American Mystic Ernest Holmes wrote about grace: "Grace
is the giving-ness of Spirit to Its Creation and is not a special
law, but a specialized one. In other words, Grace is,
but we need to recognize it. It is not something God imposed
upon us, but is the logical result of the correct acceptance of life
and of a correct relationship to Spirit. We are saved by Grace
to the extent that we believe in, accept, and seek to embody, the
Law of Good; for the Law of Good is ever a Law of Liberty and never
one of limitation. Limitation is not a thing, not an entity,
but a belief. Freedom is a Divine Reality."
And I would stress that we find freedom as we experience grace; that
is the ever-knowing that G-d and the Universe is always for us and
for our good.
am going to quote the great Ralph Waldo Emerson once again this
week; "All I
have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen."
And in these words we find great faith. Let's not annoy our
spirit with thinking that we must "win the favor" of some
man-made god in order to live the good life; the prosperous life and
the wonderful life. Our Creator has endowed us with the
ability to choose ... and so we can choose freely and accept freely
for this is when grace touches our soul.
And so it is!
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