Lesson 83

There is really nothing left but to teach this message. Once you are in the experience of A Course In Miracles, you have to give it away. You have to give what you have received. You have to teach it to learn it. This goes beyond concepts, it is an experience. Once the light has entered, you have to extend it. If you hold on to it, try to keep it for yourself, or deny it, the darkness will be doubly dark.

Today’s review lesson shows you that you have a function that God gave you, and that your happiness lies in the fulfillment of that function. It is great to look at these lessons.

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.

My happiness and my function are one.
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.

As you read these lessons and apply them, as you feel them working in you, one thing becomes perfectly clear. God has given you a function and there is nothing outside of that. You are then shown that this is where your happiness lies. Notice how the next lesson does not single out the word happiness, as if it has a value on its own. Your tendency will always be to give these lessons the meaning that they have for you. But read them, let them reveal themselves to you, and they will tell you what they mean. Today you are shown that your happiness lies only in doing your function, and nowhere else. You are not asked to define what happiness is. You are simply reminded that by doing your function, by letting God be God, your remember your Source and you become happy. It’s effortless. It doesn’t require any definition whatsoever. It is simply the acceptance of the truth of what you are. You are as God created you. You have a function. It is the only thing that will make you happy. It’s time to put your toys away and to be about your Father’s business.

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