Another Choice

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

Do you remember coloring with crayons? Growing up, I loved to color. I delighted in getting a new box of crayons with all the pretty colors, perfectly sharpened and all in a row. So when I first gave a brand new box of crayons to our son, when he was a toddler, I was interested to see his reaction.

I recall how he opened the box carefully and said, “Ooh!” He looked at the crayons with appropriate respect before he dumped them all out and began to color. I was a little shocked, but those were his crayons, so I kept my mouth (and judgment) shut.

The next thing I knew, he held one between his hands and broke it in half. Then he said, “Oh, no!” as if he had no idea how that had happened. But the truth was, he broke it and now was experiencing the effect of that choice. He could either break all his crayons or choose another way and have some left that were still complete.

Over time, I watched him make the choice to sometimes break them and sometimes not, but he finally figured out he was making the choice, and no one else.

We, too, have the choice as to whether we will see life as broken and painful or as an opportunity to remember God’s love. I know there is a lot of pain in the world right now, and perhaps you are personally experiencing some difficult situations. These experiences can either leave us in pain, depression, and fear, or they can help us to turn to God and create a new world of love and hope.

We now realize we have the choice, therefore we are no longer powerless in the face of the world and its events. We can no longer look at the world and say, “Oh, no!” as if we have no idea how all this has happened. We may not grasp how all the particulars occurred, but we do know that we have felt out of control because we have forgotten Who is in control. We can make a choice now to experience the power of God by remembering that we are His children. This awareness can bring us clarity, understanding, and insight as to how we can be helpful to ourselves and others.

It is now time to give as much faith to the power of God’s love as we have given to the pain and destruction of the world. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by remembering God and our true identity as His children.

In A Course in Miracles’ Workbook lesson 124, we read the powerful phrase: “Let me remember I am one with God.” As we claim our true identity, we remember the holiness that created us and that we share. No longer do we choose to block this awareness with blame, attack, or fear because the cost is too great. We accept responsibility for our lives and affirm our healing answer, “Let me remember I am one with God.” This awareness brings us abundant help and healing, as we read in this lesson…

“…we will again give thanks for our Identity in God. Our home is safe, protection guaranteed in all we do, power and strength available to us in all our undertakings. We can fail in nothing. Everything we touch takes on a shining light that blesses and that heals. At one with God and with the universe we go our way rejoicing, with the thought that God Himself goes everywhere with us.”

What better choice could you make today?

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