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The Scriptures says, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is." Proverbs 23: 7 NASB. It also says, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me." Job 3:25. We don’t have idle thoughts; we attract that upon which we set our minds.  Therefore, with our thoughts we are programming our future. We need to stay aware and alert regarding everything that is happening in our minds and around us in order to attract only that which is really desirable to us. But since we bring into our lives what is on our minds, we need to take responsibility for whatever happens to us, good or bad. If our thoughts are focused on things we dread and don’t want, those things will also come into our lives.  That includes our own punishment when we believe we deserve punishment. We want to be punished to get rid of guilt.  So punishment comes, not because God sent it to us, but because we invoked it. 

The events themselves are neutral.  We assign to them a particular emotion and the degree of importance we believe they deserve. When we assign guilt, the idea of unishment is always present. We want to punish ourselves so God won’t punish us later.  In this way we attract misfortune and adversity into our lives, and we believe we paid for our fault.  This is a pattern that we have developed over time, and by now it is recorded on a subconscious level.  If you haven’t recognized the pattern, pay attention to your actions and thoughts after you believe you did something wrong. You don’t need not accept it because someone told you. Take a past event for which you felt guilty, you felt badly, and you thought you deserved to be punished.  When you received the punishment, you felt better because you thought you had already paid for it. But when you are not punished, the guilt remains. Our guilt calls for punishment. This verifies that we are not controlled by external events but by our own thoughts.

“Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.

“It is impossible the Son of God be merely driven by events outside of him. It is impossible that happenings that come to him were not his choice. His power of decision is the determiner of every situation in which he seems to find himself by chance or accident. No accident nor chance is possible within the universe as God created it, outside of which is nothing. Suffer, and you decided sin was your goal. Be happy, and you gave the power of decision to Him Who must decide for God for you.”   ACIM T21.i.1, ii.3

You need to dissipate the belief that your thoughts have no effects. There are no neutral thoughts. There is no thought without power. Everything you see is the result of your thoughts, but we have been using our power to destroy rather than to build. We have lived in scarcity, instead of enjoying abundance, because we chose to identify ourselves with littleness and weakness. When we take responsibility for our actions, we don’t look for something or someone else to blame. We stop feeling sorry for ourselves. We don’t feel victims of the circumstances.  There is power in that realization.  It puts us in control of our lives, and we can then easily place it in God’s hands.  It is time that we realize the power we have and decide to invert our way of thinking.  We need to remember our identity and learn to see ourselves as God made us. "For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1: 7.

God determined our worth, we are the most valuable part of His creation, and He knows how we are better than we know ourselves. Some have achieved such greatness in their life so much that to others appears to be impossible. The reason they accomplished it, is because they thought they could. They believed in the greatness they sensed. Something in their mind reminded them the mission that brought. You and each of us also brought a mission. Life is a journey with obstacles and to perceive ourselves small or insignificant it is only fear. Fear is an obstacle we need to learn how to dominate. Courage is not the opposite of fear. Courage is doing what needs to be done in spite of fear. The Psalmist said, I praise you because I am wonderfully made.  Think in those terms. Do not accept to be any less than that. You are not what you have been told, or made you believe. "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."  2 Corinthians 13:14