The Secret of "The Secret"
What could be more intriguing than to be let in on the true powers of the universe? What could be a better investment than shelling out $30 for a book or DVD that will help you realize your full potential (i.e. make a lot of money)? Yoda helped Luke Skywalker learn the secrets of the Force and become a Jedi master. Rhonda Byrne and her friends, amped up by Amazon.com and Oprah, are even more certain that they can help you tap into the “Law of Attraction.” Some of these principles are just common sense:
  • focus intensely on your goal. (Always good advice—we all squander resources and energy on things that don’t matter);
  • avoid negative thoughts. (Always good advice—all successful leaders have been positive, optimistic people).
Alas, this philosophy leaves out the One who in his Word says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a person remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 14:5). I like Jesus’ secret better.