The Law of Attraction and the Christian Faith Part I
There’s been a lot of buzz within the last decade about The Law of Attraction. Classes, books, workshops, even a movie have been created to teach people how to harness this law. The Law of Attraction states that what you put your attention on you can manifest into being. By asking and believing you are supposed to receive. The outcome can be good or bad, by the way, depending what you truly believe consciously and unconsciously. But how do you use The Law of Attraction in the Christian faith?
Hmmm, where I have heard those words before? Asking, believing and receiving are words found in a book published way before the popular book, The Secret, was published that defines The Law of Attraction. Matthew chapter seven and verses seven and eight come to mind:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
The Law of Attraction works as sure as another law, the Law of Gravity. Don’t go stepping off a ladder or from a high place because you will hit the ground. God created all of the laws of the universe.
I have found that whenever I have put my attention on something, especially if I am deeply emotional about it, I attract what I am thinking about into my life. Let me share a funny, true story of how The Law of Attraction can work. This law works not only in the big things in our lives, but in the little things too.
When I was growing up I struggled with math. Well, who am I kidding? I still struggle with math. I wanted to be an artist but I needed to take Algebra and Geometry as prerequisite subjects. In my first semester I received an F in Algebra. I was devastated. I had never received an F in any subject before.
A sweet couple called Mr. and Mrs. Valiant helped oversee our youth group at church. They didn’t live very far from me and used to pick me up and take me to church activities. Mr. Valiant was an engineer and volunteered to tutor me in math. With his help, I got an A in my second semester, so I got a C grade overall in the course.
I had since moved away and the church I attended had moved also. To give this some context, we’re talking a time span of forty years ago. One day I was thinking about the Valiants and I was sad because I never had the opportunity to tell him or them, “Thank you.” They had been my chauffeurs, counselors through difficult times, tutors and an overall stable force in my life when my home life was anything but stable.
Every year there is a dinner and bazaar at a Lutheran Church by my mother’s house. They specialize in cabbage rolls, which we love. This year we decided to take the food back home and before we did, we were going to visit the bazaar which we had never done. Well, we totally forgot about the bazaar because we had gotten so hungry.
After we had eaten we decided to go back up to the church to check out the bazaar. As soon as we walked in the door, I spotted a gentleman that looked very familiar but I couldn’t put a name with his face. I found myself calling out to him, “Excuse me, did you attend the Lindell Boulevard Bible Church?” He said, “Yes, my name is Art Valiant.” Then up walked his wife, Mary Ann! I was a teenager the last time I had seen them.
I told them that I had been thinking about them just the day before and how sad I was that I had never had an opportunity to say, “Thank you”. Now I had the opportunity to not only thank them for the tutoring but for everything!
They didn’t live any where near the church. For us to meet, after leaving and coming back, and catching them at just the precise moment was definitely a God thing. Art and Mary Ann’s eyes sparkled as we reconnected. Mary Ann kept saying over and over again, “It’s a God thing! It’s a God thing!”
When we are real with God and when our intentions and emotions are strong and pure, I believe that God answers, just like he made this meeting happen. While I didn’t specifically ask God to manifest the Valiants, I did express a genuine desire for something that was good.
There are two caveats with this asking. We’ll look at those in Part II.
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