Course in Miracles
15 - The Purpose of Time
Be not content with littleness,
but be sure you understand what littleness is, and why you could
never be content with it.
is the offering you gave yourself. You offered this in place of
magnitude, and you accepted it. Everything in this world is little,
because it is a world made out of littleness, in the strange belief
that littleness can content you. When you strive for anything in
this world with the belief that it will bring you peace, you are
belittling yourself, and blinding yourself to glory. Littleness
and glory are the choices open to your striving and your vigilance.
You will always choose one at the expense of the other.
what you do not realize, each time you choose, is that your choice
is your evaluation of yourself. Choose littleness and you
will not have peace, for you will have judged yourself
unworthy of it, and whatever you offer as a substitute is much too
poor a gift to satisfy you.
essential that you accept the fact, and accept it gladly, that there
is no form of littleness that can ever content you. You are free
to try as many as you wish, but all you will be doing is to delay
your homecoming, for you will be content only in magnitude, which
is your home.
a deep responsibility you owe yourself, and one which you must learn
to remember all the time. The lesson will seem hard at first, but
you will learn to love it when you realize that it is true, and
constitutes a tribute to your power. You,
who have sought and found littleness, remember this:
decision which you make stems from what you think you are,
and represents the value that you put upon yourself.
the little can content you, and by limiting yourself, you will not
be satisfied. For your function is not little, and it is only by
finding your function and fulfilling it that you can escape from
is no doubt about what your function is, for the Holy Spirit knows
what it is. There is no doubt about its magnitude, for it reaches
you through Him from Magnitude. You do not have to strive for it,
because you have it. All your striving must be directed against
littleness, for it does require vigilance to protect your magnitude
in this world. To hold your magnitude in perfect awareness in a
world of littleness is a task the little cannot undertake. Yet it
is asked of you, in tribute to your magnitude and not your littleness.
Nor is it asked of you alone.
power of God will support every effort you make on behalf of His
dear Son. Search for the little, and you deny yourself His power.
God is not willing that His Son be content with less than everything,
for He is not content without His Son, and His Son cannot be content
with less than His Father has given him.
you once before, “Would you be hostage to the ego or
host to God?”
this question be asked you by the Holy Spirit in you every time
you make a decision, for every decision you make does answer this,
and invites sorrow or joy accordingly.
God gave Himself to you in your creation, He established you as
host to Him forever. He has not left you, and you have not left
Him. All your attempts to deny His magnitude and make His Son hostage
to the ego, cannot make little whom God has joined with Him. Every
decision you make is for Heaven or for hell, and will bring you
awareness of what you decided for. The Holy Spirit can hold your
magnitude, clean of all littleness, clearly and in perfect safety
in your minds, untouched by every little gift the world of littleness
would offer you, but for this, you cannot side against Him
in what He wills for you.
for God through Him, for littleness, and the belief that you can
be content with littleness, are the decisions you have made about
yourself. The power and the glory that lie in you from God are for
all who, like you, perceive themselves as little, and have deceived
themselves into believing that littleness can be blown up by them
into a sense of magnitude that can content them. Neither
give littleness, nor accept it. All honor is due the host of God.
Your littleness deceives you, but your magnitude is of Him Who dwells
in you, and in Whom you dwell. Touch no one, then, with littleness
in the Name of Christ, eternal Host unto His Father.
this season (Christmas), which celebrates the birth of holiness
into this world, join with me who decided for holiness for you.
It is our task together to restore the awareness of magnitude to
the host whom God appointed for Himself. It
is beyond all your littleness to give the gift of God, but not beyond
you, for God would give Himself through you. He reaches from you
to everyone, and beyond everyone to His Son’s creations, but
without leaving you. Far beyond your little world, but still in
you, He extends forever. Yet He brings all his extensions to you,
as host to Him.
it a sacrifice to leave littleness behind, and wander not in vain?
It is not sacrifice to wake to glory, but it is a sacrifice to accept
anything less than glory.
that you must be worthy of the Prince of Peace, born in you in honor
of Him Whose host you are. You know not what love means because
you have sought to purchase it with little gifts, thus valuing it
too little to be able to understand its magnitude. Love is not little,
and love dwells in you, for you are host to Him. Before
the greatness that lives in you, your poor appreciation of yourself
and all the little offerings you have given slip into nothingness.
Child of God, when will you learn that only holiness can content
you and give you peace?
that you learn not for yourself alone, no more than I did. It is
because I learned for you that you can learn of me. I would
but teach you what is yours, so that together we can replace the
shabby littleness that binds the host of God to guilt and weakness
with the glad awareness of the glory that is in him.
in you is your awakening to grandeur. Welcome me not into a manger,
but into the altar to holiness, where holiness abides in perfect
peace. My Kingdom is not of this world because it is in you, and
you are of your Father. Let
us join in honoring you, who must remain forever beyond littleness.
with me, who have decided to abide with you. I will as my Father
wills, knowing His Will is constant, and at peace forever with Itself.
You will be content with nothing but His Will. Accept no less, remembering
that everything I learned is yours. What my Father loves I love
as He does, and I can no more accept it as what it is not than He
can, and no more can you.
you have learned to accept what you are, you will make no more gifts
to offer to yourselves, for you will know you are complete, in need
of nothing, and unable to accept anything for yourself; but you
will gladly give, having received. The
host of God needs not seek to find anything.
you are wholly willing to leave salvation to the plan of God, and
unwilling to attempt to grasp for peace yourself, salvation will
be given you; yet think not you can substitute your plan
for His. Rather,
join with me in His, that we may release all those who would be
bound, proclaiming together that the Son of God is host to Him.
Thus will we let no one forget what you would remember, and thus
will you remember it.
forth in everyone only the remembrance of God and of the Heaven
that is in him, for where you would help your brother be, there
will you think you are. Hear not his call for hell and
littleness, but only his call for Heaven and greatness. Forget not
that his call is yours, and answer him with me. God’s
power is forever on the side of His host, for it protects only the
peace in which He dwells.
not littleness before
His holy altar, which rises above the stars and reaches even to
Heaven because of what is given it.