Review of lessons 71 and 72
71 - Only God’s plan for salvation will work.
72 - Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.
Human beings, being conditioned by society, are willful, but we learn, as we mature, that willfulness will not get us into heaven. We learn, sometimes with great pain and anguish, that it is willingness that gets us into heaven not willfulness. Are we willing to align our will with God’s will for us? The stoics call this “amor fati” which means “love your fate.” In other words we should lean in not lean out.
In Alcoholics Anonymous we are asked to make a fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Do you notice that the step is not simply “make a moral inventory” but a “fearless” one? What are the mistakes we have made in our life? What do those mistakes have in common? It is our willfulness. We have not listened to God’s will for us. We have not listened to what Love would have us do.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Do you notice that the principle calls us not just for a free search for truth and meaning but for a “responsible” search for truth and meaning. What does this responsibility entail? It entails searching for what Love would have us do not just our own will.
Today, we are asked to take 2 10 - 15 minute periods to do a fearless moral inventory and to acknowledge that only God’s plan for salvation will work. God wants us back with the Oneness and not separated egos. Whenever we indulge our ego by holding grievances, we are on the wrong track and not following God’s plan for salvation which is to follow the path made up of what Love would have us do.
My Kind Of Church Music
Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush