What is it that you want to “attract” into your life today? Riches? Love? A bigger home or a new car? Better health? What will you do to get these things? Work more hours? Join an internet dating site? Think positive thoughts?
There are many belief systems out there in this world of ours today that tell us how to receive the desires of our hearts. One of them I’d like to talk about is the “law of attraction” which gained immense popularity with the book entitled “The Secret”, published several years ago.
The basic premise of the book is that we can attract whatever we desire in our lives simply by thinking about it. Yep. Honest. The book promises that by focusing on the object of our desires, things will “magically” appear in our lives. The interesting thing is this book has sold over 6 million copies and has spawned a whole series of books along these lines. Millions of people are adhering to this concept.
Let me share a story that happened last weekend at the mall while I was getting my hair done. So there I am in the chair, and the young lady straightening my hair, perhaps all of 20 maybe 22 years of age, starts asking about my relationship status. I don’t know why, but people always seem to be very interested in that topic for some reason.
“I’m single,” I replied.
“Well, you need to start thinking about Mr. Wonderful and start expecting him to appear at any moment.”
She’s talking about Faith – believing in what has not yet been seen. I smiled.
But no, during the entire conversation there was not one mention of God.
She was the second gal I had met in the past two weeks who believed in the law of attraction. Now I am all for thinking positive thoughts, believe me. In fact, scripture exhorts us to think on good things: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Phil 4:8). However, God does have a starring role in our blessings. James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,”. To leave God out of the equation is – well – unthinkable in my humble opinion.
So now I ask you – do you believe in the law of attraction? Do you believe that simply by thinking about your desires they will appear? Or do you believe that there is a God who wants the best for us and is more than willing to bless his children according to his will for our lives? I would love to hear what you have to say about this topic.
Until next time, keep looking up and remember – good things happen to those who wait upon the Lord.