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Nothing is Impossible
for Those Who Believe
A Christian Perspective on Wallace D. Wattles 1910 classic The Science of Getting Rich. This is Wattles' 1910 classic
with a forward written by Marnie L. Pehrson and her commentary throughout. A fresh look at this classic from which many self-help
books were taken. (Adobe Acrobat needed)
You've Seen the DVD.
Now How Do You Reconcile the
Law of Attraction with Your Christian Beliefs?
Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters
by Marnie L. Pehrson
The next core belief I covered in my book, Lord,
Are You Sure? This is an excerpt:
I have come to love the wisdom of Ecclesiastes. Chapter 11, in particular,
is a rich tutorial on the principle of sowing and reaping, otherwise known as
the Law of the Harvest, or in the vernacular, "What goes around comes
around." My closest friends embody this principle in their lives. They
generously give. In business, they are "team players" and realize
that if we expect to receive, we must first give. We have to make room for the
things we seek before we can receive the new we desire.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 explains, "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou
shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for
thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth." In other words, put
out good, help others, and it will return to you in your hour of need. If you
have sown good seeds, then in your moment of crisis, it will return to your
rescue in the exact moment that you need it. While spending a day with my
friend and mentor on this principles, Leslie
Householder, I realized that had I never started SheLovesGod,
then in my moment of crisis, this dear friend never would have found me. She
held the answers to my prayers, but I never would have received those answers
if there had been no SheLovesGod
site for her to stumble upon in her moment of trouble. We simply never would
have met. If you don't cast your bread upon the waters, it can't come back to
you when you need it most.
Whatever you put out, by eternal law, has to come back to you. Ecclesiastes
emphasizes the certainty of this principle with two comparisons, "If the
clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree
fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree
falleth, there it shall be." As surely as heavy clouds send forth rain
and as surely as you'll find the tree where it fell, so assuredly will you
reap what you have sown.
There is a time to sow and there is a time to reap, but you don't do both
at the same time. You can't be certain when or from where you'll reap, but
reap you shall. Most likely the person to whom you give, will not be the one
to return your kindness. This is where most people trip up. They think they
have to get back from the exact person to whom they gave, and that simply
isn't the way this law works.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, "He that observes the wind shall not sow; and
he that regards the clouds shall not reap." In other words, those who are
so preoccupied with only what they can see - their current circumstances -
will not put forth the effort to sow or to reap. The fact that they can't
see how they're going to benefit will discourage them. So they'll do
nothing. Because they will not sow, they cannot reap. Your job is to send out
good, and God will take care of the rest. Verse 5 compares the mystery of this
principle to a child growing inside a mother's womb: "As thou knowest
not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of
her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh
God takes what we sow and transforms it into abundance. Just as a tiny pea
yields a plant laden with peas, so the Lord takes our efforts and multiplies
them in our behalf. We can never be certain when, where or what seeds we sow
will yield a harvest. But verse 6 admonishes us, "In the morning sow thy
seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether
shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike
good." In other words, cheerfully do all within your power to lift, to
build, to help and to serve from morning until evening, because you never know
when or how your blessings shall return.
Have you ever spent 10 minutes arguing with a friend about who was going to
pay the tip at a restaurant, or over the price of a gallon of milk that you
wanted to give her, but she insisted on paying for? If we understood the
principle that one cannot give without receiving, we wouldn't quibble over a
few dollars. We'd graciously accept what someone wanted to do for us or give
us because we'd know that our friend would be blessed over and above what
s/he gave. I'm not saying to be a free-loader, nor to let other people pay
your way all the time, but if someone insists upon giving you something, then
don't deny them the blessing of giving!
When you have something you don't need anymore, give it away, don't
sell it. If you sell it, the money will be all you receive in exchange. But if
you give it away, it will come back to you in a far greater way. Jesus taught,
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with
the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
If you want a new couch, call Salvation Army to pick up the one you have.
If you want new clothes, clean out your closet and give the ones you don't
wear or that don't fit to a charity. Make room for the things you desire by
giving away the old and making room for the new. Don't be afraid that you
won't receive. By law you have to. I challenge you to try an experiment. Pick
something around your house that you would like to have replaced. Give it away
and see what God brings you in its place. I think you'll be pleasantly
I heard this story recently in a
training meeting and thought it very appropriate for Core Belief #6:
Marvin J. Ashton told the story of a
young idealist who had a dream one night. He dreamed there was a new store in
a nearby shopping mall. He went in and saw an angel behind a counter.
Nervously, he asked what the shop sold.
"Everything your heart
desires," replied the angel.
"Then I want peace on earth,"
exclaimed the idealist. "I want an end to famine, sorrow, and
"Just a moment," replied the
angel. "You haven't understood. We don't sell fruit here - only
seeds." (Marvin J. Ashton, The Measure of Our Hearts)
As Robert Louis Stevenson said,
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you
plant." For a free inspirational poster with this quote and other inspirational
posters and screensavers, visit
my screensaver site.