This is the second of a three part series I started several weeks ago. If you have not read the first post, I recommend you start there. As I said earlier, an increasing number of people in our culture today have embraced the philosophy of looking within themselves to determine their purpose. So in this post, I will focus on “finding your purpose from within.”
This philosophy is crazy to me. In my opinion, it is the most dominant mindset held by people today. Finding your purpose from within is big business. The business industry calls it “self help”. According to some, the self improvement industry is estimated to be worth 10 billion dollars in the United States alone. Sounds like a lot of people want to do and be better. A popular method in self help is the Law of Attraction. The theory “Law” puts man the individual in charge. There are no rules to adhere to except that one must be able to visualize their desires becoming reality. It is a very impersonal concept that makes selfishness not only acceptable but preferred. I know I know, some may say from their benevolence that they would envision world hunger being eradicated or AIDS and cancer being cured. To which I would suggest, let’s not be naïve, most people seeking this power are really just self-centered. No longer do we seek to navigate our ever changing world in safety but rather to change it to suit our desires. Because we are self centered rarely do we consider the impact that obtaining our desires have on other people. Many times we arrogantly resist the counsel of God or seek to correct His counsel. For example we may ask God (the Universe) for it to stop raining simply because we don’t want to get wet. We make these requests not even considering the impact on vegetation, animals or our fellow man. So if we look inward and determine something does not feel good, we then look for something outside of ourselves to make us feel better in an effort to obtain balance. Under this concept each individual has the right and responsibility to determine the way things should be. The only problem with this way of thinking (other than everything) is that it subjects the will of the weaker to the will of the stronger. Why? Simple, the Universe must maintain balance as they say. Why? Because the universe is impersonal and only responds in a predefined way; that’s why it is called the Law of Attraction, Duh!? Seriously, it amazes me that after viewing the heavens (the sky during the day or night) or having children that we as intelligent people would consider that something other than a Creator could design such things. No one for a moment would consider that Constantino Brumidi threw some buckets of paint in the Capital Building to create the Apotheosis of Washington. So if you still think it is right to look within yourself to find meaning or to accomplish success in this life, ask yourself these questions. Do you really believe that out from nothing everything was created of its own accord? If not, would you call whatever existed before creation God? Would it seem wise, that as a creature, to think that we know better than the creator as to What am I really here for? If not leave me some feedback. If so please share on Facebook and Twitter as this could be helpful to others. Be sure to check out the final post coming soon in part 3.
Thanks for reading! If you liked this post you might like Is Jesus and Idol? II or Doubt “Did God really say?” If this encouraged you share with others, like or leave a comment.
Grace & Truth,