Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Do not be afraid of the ego. It depends on your mind, and as you made it by believing in it, so you can dispel it by withdrawing belief from it.
— A Course in Miracles
Some of us are fond of saying “the devil made me do it” when we’ve done something we’re not too proud of. We might as well say “the ego made me do it” because the ego is our own personal “devil.”
Sometimes we like to claim that we weren’t in complete control of our actions, that we were overcome by an irresistible urge. We can’t, however, say that with a clear conscience. At one time in our addictive past, maybe, but not now. Now, we can be responsible. An urge can overcome us only to the extent that we let it – only as we give it the power of believing in it.
We have a choice. We can listen to the voice of our ego or the voice of God. How can we tell the difference? By how we feel. The ego’s urgings always leave us with some misgivings. God’s guidance assures us.
I choose to listen to the voice of assurance.
You are reading from the book:
In God’s Care by Karen Casey. © 1991 by Hazelden Foundation