Why the law of attraction can be dangerous
Speaking of people to avoid like the plague.
At the top of my list are certain “law of attraction” gurus who sing the siren song of “You can have everything you want.”
It’s not that I deny the power of the law, mind you. As my regular readers know, I understand well how our thoughts influence our lives.
What I reject is the naked appeal to self-interest and self-gratification, which deceives in crippling ways. I reject the overwhelming focus on materialism.
These gurus are like Santa Claus filling the heads of children with fanciful dreams: you, you you, toys, toys, toys, fun, fun, fun, a magical orgy of self-indulgence.
You can have a big, fancy house. You can have a brand new, shiny, expensive car that makes heads turn. You can have all the money you want.
And while their disciples are visualizing all the riches they’ll enjoy, the luxury they’ll bask in, they’re usually ignoring the mission they were called to perform.
Our lives are fundamentally transformed when we stop focusing on what we want, and instead ask God what He would have us do with our lives.
There are higher purposes than self-gratification. There is a filter for our desires called mission.
What we want and what we should want are often two entirely different things, and often completely at odds with each other.
There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with big houses and beautiful cars. There is something wrong with focusing on them as our primary goals.
- Wealth is a byproduct of service.
- The highest service we can perform is to find and live our mission.
- Fulfilling our mission at the highest level requires submission to God.
- Submit to God and fulfillment and wealth, beyond anything we would have imagined alone, are ours to enjoy.
As Christ taught,
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or Wherewithal shall we be clothed?…
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Had George Washington listened to attraction gurus instead of God, he would have settled down on his farm instead of serving as the Revolutionary War General and two terms as our first president. America’s story would undoubtedly have been drastically different.
Had Eric Liddell listened to attraction gurus instead of God, he would have run the 100-meter race in the 1924 Paris Olympics and achieved worldly acclaim at the cost of his spiritual integrity.
Had Florence Nightingale listened to attraction gurus instead of God, she would have enjoyed a privileged life in high society, instead of devoting her life to nursing.
I wonder how Ayn Rand, the atheist prophetess of self-interest, would have lived her life differently and what her books would have said had she listened to God instead of her own desires.
We’re all self-interested. But a whole new world opens up when we submit our desires to God and let Him guide and refine our desires.
And interestingly, by doing so we become so much wealthier and happier than by following our own desires.
Law of attraction gurus are right: We can have anything we want. But do we know what God wants for us?