I am entrusted with the gifts of God.
We are told by the Universalists that God loves us unconditionally. We may find this very hard to believe given what the world constantly tells us that we are not good enough, not happy enough, not loved enough, and are victims of other people and circumstances who have the power to make us happy if only they would, but they won’t, and so our unhappiness is all their fault. We play the victim in a blame game. This role and game has become our life and we are miserable. This misery leads us, sometimes in desperation, to exclaim, “There must be a better way!” And the good news is that there is. We can turn to the gifts from God and give up the illusory gifts of the world.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested in the first three steps that we admit that our lives in the world are unmanageable, and that there is a Power greater than ourselves that can restore us to sanity, and that we make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand God. Could it really be that simple?
In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning which is to be found in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and a respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Could it really be that simple?
In the lesson today, it is suggested that we take some time in the morning and the evening and many times in between to remind ourselves that if we decide to give up the idols of the ego an awareness of the gifts of God will be entrusted to us bringing peace and joy which we can share throughout the world of the Spirit. Could it really be that simple?