438 Day 38 of a 40-Day Practice

DAY THIRTY-EIGHT OF A FORTY-DAY PRACTICE

MY MISSION STATEMENT - I am devoted, dedicated, committed to experiencing Your Presence, Father consciously, consistently within me and everywhere present. I want to know, to realize, to live for Your Will for me, empowered by Your loving grace. My mission in now clear, I need, I want to share all I am given with whomever You Will, Father. I look to You as my only Source to provide me with everyone and everything it takes to carry out the Mission You gave me. Thank You.

TODAY: ADULT INNOCENCE

In the early years of my Spiritual quest, I experienced a special kind Spiritual innocence that I dearly cherished. "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man [Spiritual Adult], I put away childish things." But first I had to pass through a time of Spiritual adolescence, indeed a transitional period of awakening, learning and development within this human condition. For me this Spiritual adolescence lasted far too long.

A major sticking point was thinking and feeling that I should be able to recapture my naive, Spiritual innocence. I was willing and able to take responsibility for the wrong I had done to kick myself out of the Spiritual cradle. With that responsibility came the illusion that I should be able to earn back my Spiritual innocence. When I could not, I came down on myself without understanding or mercy.

As I let go of the past, good and bad, I found myself open to the experience of a Spiritual adult. I found myself able to be responsible for my choices, my actions, trusting our/my Father for the results. This Spiritual adult innocence flows from my abiding faith in our/my Father's loving grace. If I continue to live this Program the best I can moment-by-moment, I believe through a gift of grace, I may become a Spiritual Elder. Then I will know even as I am known.

QUESTIONS

Have you experienced a Spiritual Innocence? What was that like?

Have you experienced being a Spiritual Adult? What was that like?