Why Many Christians Are Leary of the Law of Attraction
Just mention the Law of Attraction to a group of, how you say, conservative Christians and you’re bound to get a passionate reaction. The term conjures up New Thought giants from the early 20th century, inspired men such as Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, and James Allen who, were they alive today, mostly likely would not define themselves as evangelical Christians.
In short, the Law of Attraction proclaims “like attracts like” — that if we think negative thoughts, we’ll bring about negative results. If we focus on the positive, however, and truly believe in the object of our desire, then positive results shall ensue. The belief, as I understand it, is based on the idea that people and thoughts are made from pure energy which seems to beg the question: Where is Christ in this equation? If we can just think something into existence, why pray? Why develop a relationship with Jesus? The Law of Attraction appears to put a heavy emphasis on energy and thought and, at first blush, little to no emphasis on traditional tenets of the Christian faith. So… should we evangelicals pitch the whole thing?
What Christians Can Learn from the Law of Attraction
We would be foolish to do so. Let me give you a personal example.
My dad was the eternal optimist; my mother not so much. Truth be told, my mother, until she became a Christian late in life, was one of the most pessimistic people I’ve ever met. The more she complained, the worse life became for her (and me). I grew up with a clear understanding of “like attracts like” and made a conscious decision to choose to see the positive even in negative situations. The alternative was not pretty.
I think my dad and Mr. Rogers’ mother grew up in similar neighborhoods. As the horrors of the Boston massacre unfolded last week, and people struggled to explain what was going on to their kids, Huff Post printed this quote from The Mister Rogers Parenting Book.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” ~Fred Rogers
And so we do. If we look for the good, we will see the good. We will attract the good. We will bring about the good. If we get caught up in fear and doubt and self-flagellation, however… we will repel everybody.
How Christian Business Owners Can Apply the Law of Attraction
You wouldn’t be in business if you didn’t have a service or a product to offer. Agreed?
You won’t be in business long if you don’t have clients and customers.
Your first step is to get crystal clear on who you are, whom you serve, and how you serve them.
Your second step is to prepare your message, that is, what you communicate to your prospective clients and customers, in such a way that your written and spoken words attract those whom you’re meant to serve.
[If I wanted to work with 20 something male mechanics who’d rather eat dirt than read a blog post on faith and the Law of Attraction, believe you me. I wouldn’t be writing this message!]
Your third step is to gain confidence and reflect your Christ-centered confidence in the marketplace. To attract your ideal client and customer, you have to believe–even just a little at first–that with the Lord’s help you are fully equipped to serve them well.
Sounding rather like the Law of Attraction, don’t you think?
- Exude the energy of “I gotta get a client to pay the bills,” and people will go running.
- Exude the energy of “I don’t know what I’m worth,” and you won’t even be able to ask for the sale.
- Exude the energy of “I’m not sure if I can deliver these goods or services,” and you’ll offer them at a reduced rate–maybe even free.
If we think negative thoughts, we’ll bring about negative results. Period.
So… where is God in the equation?
God created everything, including the Universal Laws, including the Law of Attraction. We must carefully and regularly examine Scripture, however, to ensure that our understanding of His laws is correct.
And we must pray for guidance. As Jehoshaphat King of Judah admonished Ahab King of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.” (I Kings 22:5) In everything. For everything. Including help in discerning our ideal client. Including help with how to attract the people we’re meant to serve. Including help with paying the bills and crafting our products and services.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” ~Philippians 4:6
And by all means, we must focus on giving… not getting. If you’re all caught up in “getting clients now,” your fears and doubts will overtake you. Focus instead on giving… through your articles and speeches and complimentary info products and blog posts… and your business will flourish in due time.
“Give and it will be given unto you.” ~Luke: 6:38
Sounds a lot like the Law of Attraction to me!
Before you go, take a few more minutes to read my post “Who Am I?” Self Reflection Helps Us Serve Others With Excellence. I firmly believe that the better we know ourselves, the better we’ll attract our ideal clients and customers and fill our practice with clients we love.
As Christian business owners, there is much we can learn from the Law of Attraction. Agree? Disagree? Please share your views in the comment box below.
To your success!