Some call it the Law of Attraction. Others, including the author of this week’s reading assignment, Dr. Henriette Anne Klauser, call it “polishing coconuts.” An alarmingly large number of people follow a cultish religion based upon it called The Secret. It is the idea that one can attain success or happiness by concentrating thought energy on one’s goals, and it is taking America by storm. The basic principles behind it claim that you attract triumphs or failures by dwelling on positive or negative thoughts, respectively. Dr. Klauser’s particular brand of this mindset claims that when you write down your goals, you put out an attractive kind of energy that ensures success – and suddenly, your dreams become reality. In order to get the results you need, you simply stir the proverbial pot, polish the proverbial coconuts. You write it down to make it happen.
It all sounds so wonderful at the surface; it promises a fast, easy, foolproof highway to success. But there is something intrinsically, horribly wrong with the idea presented in Dr. Klauser’s article. It leaves God out of the picture. True, some people who cling to this idea that I call the Law of Attraction also claim Christianity — but by their deeds they deny its power. By definition, the Law of Attraction demands that its followers trust in the influence of their own actions to make their dreams come true. However, we serve a sovereign God who holds all power on earth. God determines the success or failure of our human endeavors, not us. Nothing we do can change what He decrees – not writing it down, not “polishing coconuts,” not thinking good thoughts. Consider Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Rather than trusting in the false hope of our own strength to ensure the success of our personal goals, let us rather pray that the Lord would guide our steps, our pens, and our hearts to His glory.