How to Receive From the Universe

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.

"The Secret " Law of Attraction – Is There Anything to It?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the huge success of the book “The Secret” and it’s corresponding philosophy called the “Law of Attraction”.  “The Secret” has sold over 6 million copies and in fact, both Oprah and Larry King discussed it on their shows. So what’s all this hullabaloo about anyway?

The law of attraction is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can attract things into one’s life. This philosophy of thought originated with the New Thought movement that spawned such religions as Religious Science, Unity Church, and the Church of Divine Science. It is based upon the belief that people and their thoughts are energy and that like energy attracts like energy. Interesting, huh?

Yeah, that’s what I thought when I came upon some fast talking dude on a youtube video last night extolling the benefits of this process, and well, I just had to blog about it at 4:30 am.

Let’s just assume for a moment that there is some truth to this whole phenomenon. Let’s say we are made of energy and so are our thoughts and we do tend to attract what we think about. This concept is actually somewhat biblical when you read the Apostle Paul’s advice to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure and lovely (Phil 4:8) and to have done with all evil thoughts. However, that is where the resemblance stops.

Coming from a Christian perspective, my question is this: “Where does God’s will fit into the picture?” Sure, we can think about all kinds of things we want to attract into our lives, and they may or may not manifest themselves. In fact, Wayne Dyer, the international speaker and best selling author has a book on this topic called “Manifesting Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want”. Now, isn’t that a catchy title? It would capture most anyone’s attention.

It seems to me that the law of attraction is all about ME ME ME – what I want, what I desire and leaves God completely out of the equation, right? Now, I admit, it is tempting (notice the use of that word) to believe we can THINK things into our lives, and we may well be able to do so. However, I believe we are playing with FIRE when we try to take things into our own hands, outside the will of God. Remember the story of Sarah and Abraham and look where that one poor decision got us – years of Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

I don’t know about you, but I want the BEST that God has for me AND I am willing to put ALL my trust in HIM and no one else, including my selfish wants & desires. What about you? What are you desiring in your life? What are you willing to do to get it? Will you compromise and settle or will you trust in God?  Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  

Love to hear what you have to say about this post. I’m sure it will stimulate some discussion. Until next time, keep the faith and keep looking up!

What is Faith?

Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof and as “a belief and trust in and loyalty to God.” The Bible says it is the hope of things not yet seen and that God gives everyone a measure of faith. It is the positive belief that everything will turn out for the best, even when things seem hopeless.

We all have some faith, whether we realize it or not. We have faith that our car will start, that the sun will come up every morning, that the chair we are sitting on will hold us, that the plane will land and arrive safely. Yes, we all have faith, albeit in different degrees.

My question is what are you putting your faith in today? Your job? Your 401k? Your relationships? Your home ? Your health?

Well guess what? All of these things can be taken from us in the blink of an eye. Just look at all the people who have lost homes, families, possessions from floods, hurricanes, economic downturn and war.

What then do we have left to hold on to?

Something that can never be taken away or destroyed. Something that is constant, faithful, and trustworthy in every circumstance. Someone.

That someone is our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Now I know that might be a stretch for some of you, but that’s why this blog is entitled “Journey to Faith”. We are all on a journey and it is a journey to know God. You can call him whatever you wish. That’s not the point here. The point is about faith – learning to walk by faith and not by sight. If you want to put it in today’s terms – you can say learning the law of attraction. But I’ll talk about that another time.

However you want to define it, one thing I know–I can’t live without my God and my Lord. What about you? You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. When you’ve tried it all, try God. He is “the real thing”!

What is Faith?

Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof and as “a belief and trust in and loyalty to God.” The Bible says it is the hope of things not yet seen and that God gives everyone a measure of faith. It is the positive belief that everything will turn out for the best, even when things seem hopeless.

We all have some faith, whether we realize it or not. We have faith that our car will start, that the sun will come up every morning, that the chair we are sitting on will hold us, that the plane will land and arrive safely. Yes, we all have faith, albeit in different degrees.

My question is what are you putting your faith in today? Your job? Your 401k? Your relationships? Your home ? Your health?

Well guess what? All of these things can be taken from us in the blink of an eye. Just look at all the people who have lost homes, families, possessions from floods, hurricanes, economic downturn and war.

What then do we have left to hold on to?

Something that can never be taken away or destroyed. Something that is constant, faithful, and trustworthy in every circumstance. Someone.

That someone is our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Now I know that might be a stretch for some of you, but that’s why this blog is entitled “Journey to Faith”. We are all on a journey and it is a journey to know God. You can call him whatever you wish. That’s not the point here. The point is about faith – learning to walk by faith and not by sight. If you want to put it in today’s terms – you can say learning the law of attraction. But I’ll talk about that another time.

However you want to define it, one thing I know–I can’t live without my God and my Lord. What about you? You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. When you’ve tried it all, try God. He is “the real thing”!