The search for purpose is revealed in this lesson. Understanding that your purpose is the one God gave you frees you from doubt and confusion. You learn that your happiness comes from fulfilling the purpose that God has for your life.
Today let us review these ideas:
My only function is the one God gave me.
I have no function but the one God gave me. This recognition releases me from all conflict, because it means I cannot have conflicting goals. With one purpose only, I am always certain what to do, what to say and what to think. All doubt must disappear as I acknowledge that my only function is the one God gave me.
More specific applications of this idea might take these forms:
All things that come from God are one. They come from Oneness, and must be received as one. Fulfilling my function is my happiness because both come from the same Source. And I must learn to recognize what makes me happy, if I would find happiness.
Some useful forms for specific applications of this idea are:
"As children, we were taught to be 'good' boys and girls, which of course implies we were not that already. We were taught we're good if we clean up our room, or we're good if we make good grades. Very few of us were taught that we're essentially good. Very few of us were given a sense of unconditional approval, a feeling that we're precious because of what we are, not what we do."
— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Published on January 01, 2008