The Job of Judgment
Do you feel tied
to your job? Is your inbox overflowing and overwhelming? If your work includes judgment, you’re doing too much. It’s
not in your job description!
I work for God,
and He clearly states (through the teachings of A Course in Miracles) that judgment
is the job of the Holy Spirit.
I give all judgment to the One You gave to me to judge for me. He sees what I behold,
and yet He knows the truth. He looks on pain, and yet He understands it is not real, and in His understanding it is healed. (ACIM Workbook Lesson 347)
Judgment in my hands
is a dream, an illusion. It is an opinion drawn when I mistakenly believe that
I see something clearly and extensively enough to become the judge of it. It
is a way that the illusion of separation is maintained, as I cannot feel oneness
with that which I judge.
Wisdom is not judgment; it is the relinquishment of judgment. . .There is Someone with
you Whose judgment is perfect. He does know all the facts; past, present and to come. He does know all the effects of His
judgment on everyone and everything involved in any way. And He is wholly fair to everyone, for there is no distortion in
His perception. (ACIM Manual for Teachers, 10. How Is Judgment Relinquished?)
Judgment is when
I deem something good or bad. Yes, this includes good! This definition makes clear that judgment pervades the thinking of most of us, most of the time, making
our product intellectualization instead of thought.
In order to fulfill my function of forgiveness, which is my job, instead
of judgment I “let all things be exactly as they are” (Lesson 268)
and I choose, accepting responsibility for my choice. I choose purple instead
of orange. I choose green instead of yellow.
Purple and green are not “good,” or better than orange and yellow.
They are simply my choice today. When I can’t choose, I trust and
I accept. I trust that “everything
that happens is gently planned by God, whose only purpose is my good.” (Lesson 135)
I accept that God has chosen what I have—now, in this moment—for my highest benefit, my salvation, regardless
of opinions to the contrary. My will is one with God’s, and so it is my
When I attempt the
job of judgment, I overstep the boundaries of God’s chain of command and chain myself to whatever I judge like a guard
to its prisoner. When I judge, I lock myself out of the break room of life. I cancel my own vacation and draft myself for unpaid overtime. It’s not pleasant and, thanks to God, it’s not my job!
God’s Will for me is perfect happiness. (Lesson 101)
My job is to be
happy and free. My work station is below the Holy Spirit on the assembly line,
and the judgment has already been done. There is nothing for me to do but forgive!
I am free to be happy with whatever I find.
I am free to add whatever my heart desires to the product, and to come and go as I wish.
Today I will judge nothing that occurs.
I am in danger nowhere in the world.
(Lessons 243 & 244)
Layoffs are not
imminent and no one is jockeying for my job. Opportunities and openings are infinite.
I am God’s Son, and the bounty of His peace, love, joy and abundance are
The Son of God is limitless. There are no limits on his strength,
his peace, his joy. . .
I am he to whom all this is given. . .in whom the power of my Father's
Will abides. (Lesson 320)
Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is the weapon I would
use against myself,
to keep the miracle away from me. (Lesson 347)
When I relinquish
judgment to the Holy Spirit, I am freed of my anger and thus clear to experience the peace of God that is in my job description. When I let go of judgment, every day becomes
I seek a future different from the past. Without judgment the future
is recognized as an extension of the [joy-filled] present, the past having no effects. (Lesson 314)
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