Attracting wealth and all that garbage, part 2By Randell Tiongson on August 28th, 2009
Be careful of what you read and listen to so you will not be mislead into thinking there are short-cuts to achieving wealth and accomplishing your dreams. Many are made to believe that to be a millionaire, one must think like a millionaire. No, if you want to be a millionaire, do what the millionaires do and that is hard work and discipline. Instead of reading books like Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by Harv Ecker, read books like Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey. These two books are presenting opposite views; obviously one is truthful and the other is not.
Can you really attract wealth? Nope – you need to work for it, change your lifestyle, get out of debt and save and invest properly. We all know the formula and yet many of us feel that there is a secret. I like how Dave Ramsey said that the secret to being rich is a ‘no-secret’.
There are two dangers in believing in all these attraction garbage.
Firstly, you waste precious time and money. Seminars and books costs money and some of them do not come cheap. I am all for education – just make sure that you get the right education, not something that will only make you feel good and give you false hopes. Programs like these are also being used for sales opportunities like Multi-Level Marketing so be very wary.
Secondly, and more importantly, believing in these attraction non-sense damages your faith in the Lord. I notice that this ‘attraction’ mindset makes you believe that you have limitless power, that you are almighty and that the universe is the all-knowing deity. Through deception and in the guise of becoming prosperous, we are being lead away from relying on God. Assuming that ‘attraction’ does work (it doesn’t), is it worth the price? “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?…” (Matthew 16:26, NIV).
Do not fret, we are destined to be prosperous because the Lord says so –”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “ ” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV). Remember, the only way to prosperity is through hard work, discipline and with the Lord’s grace. Further, “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.” (Proverbs 22:4).
“… seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33, NIV).