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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wanna Know a Secret?

I love the Ellen Degeneres Show (I'm sure that's trademarked). That is not a secret. Last week she had 2 guests on with a book and a movie of the book (I believe they made the movie) and I just had to write about what I saw! The book was called The Secret (probably trademarked as well) and it is written by Rhonda Byrne. Ellen seemed to love the book and the movie ... she even gave them both to the audience. After listening to the 2 gentlemen, Bob Proctor and John Assaraf, explain what The Secret was I couldn't sit by without adding my 2 cents.

Granted I have not read the book, but I understand it to be about the secret to happiness in life. Mr. Proctor and Mr. Assaraf talked about how we attract negative energy when we focus on negative things in our mind. Basically, we should focus on positive things to live a more healthy life. That is a wonderful philosophy and I don't disagree with the writer's premise. My problem is that Mr. Proctor and Mr. Assaraf stated on the show (whether it is in the book or not I don't know) that we focus on death and the fear of death so we are always moving toward death. Here's the real secret... the Bible says "It is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27) No amount of positive thinking will change the day that God has preordained for our death and judgment. That doesn't mean that we should dwell on it, but we do have to deal with it!

They also talked about focusing energy on things that they wanted like houses and other material things. One of them wanted a house. He cut out a picture of a house and put it on a board (I can't remember what they called the board). Several years later he came back and looked at it and that was the exact house he had bought. It's not surprising to me if you liked the picture enough to cut it out that you would like it enough to go look at it! You might even like it enough to look at it twice and buy it. That's not a supernatural event resulting from the focusing of energies. David and Mary (the Kentucky team from the Amazing Race) were on The View a few weeks ago. They seem pretty humble people happy with what they have. They don't have much. They love their family and they were ecstactic with the things they saw on the race. When they went on The View they were given three trips, a new car, a new computer, and a new house to be built on their land. They weren't focusing their energy on any of those things. They were blessed. I believe God blesses us. Does he give us all mansions? No, and I am so thankful he doesn't. We might take for granted His blessing if gave us all the same things. He knows just what we need.

In a recent post, I wrote about some friends battling cancer. Would The Secret people tell them to focus their energies on positive things and they would be healed? That does not seem to be God's plan right now and as difficult as it is, we are much more comfortable placing our friend into the hands of the Almighty God than at the mercy of The Secret.

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