You had me at “There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be.” Apparently my ingenious disguise is working!
I saw an interview once with a successful, single movie star who was asked when she was going to get married, start a family. Her answer was, “You have to have an ego the size of a small planet to make it in this business. It has to mean more than family, spouse, kids. I watch other actors’ families fall apart and I know that I want to work more than anything, so that will have to come later.” I think back to the Introduction to the Workbook where Jesus says, “You need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them.” We are asked only to apply them.
Yet today we are told that God has placed His Hand in ours and trusts us to lead our brothers out of illusion to Truth. We’re nearly halfway through the Workbook and we are not still here unless the Truth means more to us than family, more than illusion, more than anything. We are granted many gifts along the way, but we are seriously entrusted to lead by example. This Work takes more than application. It requires intention.
There were people throughout my life who had no idea what an influence they had, what a blessing they were to me, or how much help their presence was. I’m surprised myself by what tiny incidents stick in my mind from childhood, from school and early career. When we say, “I will step back and let Him lead the way, for I would walk along the road to Him,” we need to be aware of the role we play as messengers, translators of Truth into everyday life. Your dedication to God is something that shows in ways you’re not aware of. Just a smile to a harried clerk is a Christ moment. So remember that you’re always “on,” and that someone in your life is watching Truth in you. Dim lights, cue music: Project. Lesson 155.