"You are my goal, my Father. Only you."
This lesson comes from a very high place. It is something that would be spoken by a person ready to live in the Real World, a prayer from the heart of Christ within me. It is the mind of Christ, expressed in words; it is the mind-set that I seek to listen to all the time. And so it is true of me; I can speak these words with honesty, even though I know that at times I listen to the ego, who has every other goal but God.
If I feel today that I cannot say with simple honesty, "You are my goal, my Father. Only You," then let me look with honesty, and without fear, on what other goals I still cherish. Let me ask myself, What could be a substitute for happiness? What gift could I prefer before the peace of God? Any such other goal is obviously a foolish one. Any goal that distracts me from the peace of God is unworthy of me.
If I have another goal, if I cannot say "Only You," then I am desiring to go someplace other than Heaven; I am looking for a substitute for happiness; I am seeking something which I think is preferable to the peace of God; I am looking to find and keep something which I think is better than my own Identity; I am choosing to live with fear rather than with love.
It really is that simple.
In the Course, Jesus assures me that it is not shameful to recognize these things about myself. Recognizing my false goals is the beginning of wisdom. All that is needful is for me to recognize what I am doing, what other goals I am choosing, and the power of those things will simply fall away. Pretending to love only God while secretly holding on to other goals is a sure guarantee of failure and unhappiness. Honest recognition of those other goals, and of my responsibility in choosing them, is the sure way of release.
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