"People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are." ( As A Man Thinketh )
In a wonderful book titled, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, the following theory on the Laws of Attraction intrigued me. Though this seems somewhat simplistic in theory, it still lends credence to the fact that who we are is strongly tied to who we think we are. It kind of follows the mentality of "Birds of a feather, flock together." Read the excerpt and comment on thoughts regarding the Law of Attraction.
When you stop working on what it is you're trying to get, and start working on YOU, only then will you get what it is you want.
It really is very basic when you think about it. Jim Rohn says, "To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract."
There are so many people who work very hard and diligently and sacrifice greatly in an effort to create wealth. But they haven't changed who they are, and until they begin to think and act like wealthy people they'll never attract the wealth they seek. Wealthy people don't think and act the way they do because they have wealth. They have wealth because they think and act that way.
How many people are on a diet today who don't stand a chance of losing (and keeping off) any weight because they're still the same person who gained all that weight to start with. Let me repeat again, so you'll grasp how important this is: Slim people don't think and act the way they do because they're slim. They're slim because they think and act that way.
To get what you want, you change who you are, and you change who you are by simply changing the way you think and act. And one technique for doing that which is promoted by a lot of wise teachers is to "act as if." If you "act as if" you're slim long enough, then one day you will attract slimness even though you may be 100 pounds overweight today. If you act as if you're wealthy long enough, then one day you will attract all the wealth you can imagine even though you may this moment be destitute and homeless.
Bob Proctor says, "Act like the person you want to become. For as Goethe, the German philosopher, once wrote, 'Before you can do something, you first must be something.'"
And that's worth thinking about.
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We serve God by serving others. The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position. If you can demand service from others, you've arrived. In our self-serving culture with its me-first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept.
Exactly, who or what do you serve? Everybody worships something or someone. To best understand this statement, we need to be clear about the definition of the word "worship". Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines worship as: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem; a reverential awe of something or someone. In the Hebrew language, worship is equated with fear and service also.
True worship of anything or anyone results in serving that individual or item. The relationship that most people have with their gods is that we serve those gods that we think will best serve us. The modern secularists, fearing the unknown and fate, diligently serve the gods of money and power desperately hoping they will at least delay the unknown and give at least temporary protection, health, pleasure and long life, according to Dr. Jerry Nelson in an article titled, Who Will We Serve?
Some individuals serve their jobs/professions. For others it may be money, new cars, bigger homes, sex/pornography, hobbies, jewels, etc. We are warned in the Bible about serving other gods: We cannot have two masters because serving the Lord is not simply adding God to your "things to do" list. True worship is about fear and service of only one God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Worship “is an expression of total dependence and obedience is the fundamental expression of that total dependence” (VanGemeren in Vol 2 Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis p530).
Perhaps worship of the "wrong" gods is part of the crisis that dwells within our social system today. How can we possibly love one another when we are focused on self-gratification and the adoration of money and other materialistic things in our lives. How can we be our brother's keeper if we don't even look beyond our own selfish horizons to determine who my brother is? The things of this earthly life are temporal. God doesn't care how new your car is, how big your house is, how influential your job is nor how big your bank account may be. He cares only about whether you hear his voice and follow His direction. Examine what gods you serve and perhaps re-evaluate your priorities. Find out what gods are in your lives that keep you from serving only the One true God.
The choice is clear, Christ’s love is compelling – he gave his life.
The cost is great - your life, and the result is eternal.
Who do you choose?
Excerpts from, "Who Do We Serve", by Dr. Jerry Nelson.
Seven months ago I was hospitalized with pneumonia. During my follow up medical care it was discovered that I am severly anemic. Since that time my doctor has tried to treat the problem; to date, however, the treatment has been unsuccessful. Motivated by my own concerns for survival, I began surfing the internet to enlighten myself as much as possible on the subject of anemia. I was amazed to find out that there are numerous types of this condition and just as many treatments. Thinking that perhaps I may not be the only one on the internet who has been diagnosed with chronic anemia, the following information may be of use to some of my readers.
Anemia is a state in which the number of red blood cells or the hemoglobin in them is below normal. When you're anemic, your body produces too few healthy red blood cells, loses too many of them or destroys them faster than they can be replaced. As a result, your blood is low on red blood cells to carry oxygen to your tissues — leaving you fatigued. Common types of anemia and their causes include:
Treatment for anemia depends on the cause:
Information can be found at CNN.Com Health Library, in an article titled, Anemia
The following article has been floating around in our email boxes for some time. Speaking for myself, this is the second time I have received it. I agreed with it the first time I saw it and I still do. It seems that certain names, just by their mention, place a significant percentage of the populace on the defense. Case in point, Jane Fonda (Hanoi Jane). Another is Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host who defends the political right and exposes the left wing radicals. This artlcle that I am posting here tonight is an article written by Rush Limbaugh. Some of you will agree with what Rush says and others will become defensive, but either way you have to admit that maybe...just maybe... this time Limbaugh has said it the way it needs to be said. Let me know how you feel about Mr. Limbaugh's article.
Mr Limbaugh states:
I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, your're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million. If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.
Next you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you, get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.
Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.
We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensaton as well.
You see where this is going, don't you, asks Limbaugh? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they ususally receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low rent housing. Make sense?
However, our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system. If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.
I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting. "When do we finally do something about this?"
Amen, Mr. Limbaugh!!!
Each of us deals with grief and dying in different ways. Coping with loss is often one of the most difficult things each of us has to do within a lifetime and the closer we are to the person we have lost, the more difficult the mourning process becomes. Additionally, when the person we are mourning is ourself, the process becomes even more compounded by fear. There are 5 stages of dying/grieving that we go through, according to Elisabeth Kubler Ross who postulates the following 5 stages. These stages do not necessarily have to be utilized in the order presented and some individuals do not go through all of the 5 stages.