Today, our treat for you is an Orange Body Scrub. Relax as this orange peel and sugar scrub gently exfoliates; breathe in the scent of cinnamon as it nourishes and detoxifies your skin.
This might come across as a bit abrasive, but it can also be beneficial; your “body scrub” starts…now. I really like and believe in the law of attraction which basically states that focusing on positive or negative thoughts, draws positive or negative experiences into your life. More specifically, if there is something that you want, even if it may seem impossible at the time; if you believe you can have it (or better yet imagine that you already have it), and if you take action steps towards achieving it, you will get it.
These principles are supported in the bible, in verses such as Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) where it says, For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… and in Mark 11:24 (NIV), where it says, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Many persons, non-Christians (who I like to think of as pre-Christians) and Christians alike, have attested to the fact that this law has worked in their lives. It is a universal law that works, kind of like the law of gravity works.
I hear many persons talking about how the universe brings certain good things into their lives when they believe and think positive thoughts; and they talk about the universe does this, and the universe does that. Which isn’t necessarily inaccurate, because after all if it’s a law, then it is somewhat automatic, like the law of sowing and reaping. The bible says in Galatians 6:7 (NIV) …A man reaps what he sows. However, something inside me longs for more than just an impersonal universe to grant my desires.
The reality is that when you’re in an undesirable situation, and are hoping for something better, it is not always easy to persevere, and push yourself to take the steps necessary to get to that seemingly impossible, yet attainable goal. Many times, you are required to take risks, which necessitate great courage.
And for me, personally, when my back is against the wall, and the circumstances look so opposite to what I am desiring or believing for, I need to know that I have more for me, in my corner, and backing me up, than some impersonal universe.
Being loved and having a sense of belonging is a basic human need. So what would be easier or better:
- to struggle in your own strength and fight to believe for and take steps toward your dreams, trusting an impersonal universe to make it happen; or
- to rely on the strength of an all-powerful God, who also happens to be crazy about you; and is the one who placed those dreams within your heart because he wants to see it fulfilled more than you do; because it is all part of an amazing plan that he has for your life, to do you good and give you a bright future (Jeremiah 29:11)?
What helps me go the distance, is not simply hoping that the universe will make it happen for me. Rather, what helps me press forward despite all the odds, is knowing that I have the God of the universe on my side, and he’s not just some “force” but he is a person, and one who deeply loves and cares for me. What gets me through is knowing that I have so many precious promises from him, and not only is he full of love but he is all-powerful and so strong enough to bring every promise to pass. And because he cannot fail, then I cannot fail.
We were created by God and for him (Colossians 1:16). God so longs for a relationship with us that he died for us to make it possible. God so loved us that he gave his only son (John 3:16). It’s not just about an impersonal universe orchestrating things on our behalf when we think and believe right, but it is God working things out for our good (Romans 8:28).
So kudos to those who are able to get results by using the law of attraction and trusting in some impersonal universe to bring into their lives those things that they desire and dream about. But as for me, I will trust in my heavenly Father who takes care of the birds, and promises to likewise care for me (Luke 12). It is because the Lord is my Shepherd, that I have everything I need (Psalm 23:1). And I say like David in Psalm 20:7 (NIV) Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. And I say like Moses in Exodus 33:15 (MSG): If your presence doesn’t take the lead here, call this trip off right now. So move over law of attraction, make way for the God of attraction!
And I would go so far as to say, that even in the cases where persons benefit from the law of attraction, but don’t acknowledge that these blessings are from God, but instead claim that it was from the universe – that these blessings still came from God. Because James 1:17 (NIV) says Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…. And Matthew 5:43-45 shows that the Father sends good things into the lives of everyone, whether they acknowledge him or not. God is so good, and amazing, he blesses people, even when he knows in advance that they won’t give him the credit for those blessings.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please share in the comments below.
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