Do you ever just wander into a bookstore looking for inpiration? Especially if I need a lift, I’ll find myself searching. I’ve often caught sight of popular books in the Self Help section. What do big name authors have to offer in the way of inspiration? A holistic doctor named Deepak Chopra first wrote and spoke some years ago about a set of spiritual laws of success that became very popular.
How do we assess these ideas that catch our eye and capture our minds yearning for the treasure of inspiration? Read things like this from an informed perspective so that we can know what’s true. If you’re looking for a gem, don’t you want what’s most pefect, genuine and real?
It is recorded that Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 16:6). I challenge myself to examine the spiritual things that I read and hear in light of Jesus’ claim to be the source of all truth, and knowing that the entire Bible is about Him. Jesus Christ was unique among religious figures in history in that He claimed to be God and yet did not appear delusional; on the contrary, he has been touted as one of the greatest teachers of all time. He is much more than that. He is truly inspirational in the way He lived and what he did–He is the source of inspiration. He said that when you find the kingdom of God it’s like finding a pearl of great price. Don’t settle for less.
We can check everything according to the Bible, an incredible document. If needed, we can ask others we trust for their analysis. Caution: Inspiring truth exists and is evident, but it is not always seen clearly or described accurately by people. Some errors may seem to be subtle but can be profound, so always have a reliable source to examine what you find.
Enjoy the adventure of uncovering and confirming what is true. Now that’s truly inspiring!
Below are my notes and a Biblical twist on the spiritual laws of success:
1. Pure Potentiality: Because I am a spiritual being and believer in Jesus Christ, I am a new creation, reborn. I can commune with the Holy Spirit–God who is the source of all creation. I embrace the power and “pure potentiality” of the eternal life and salvation that Jesus obtained for me on the cross, and the Holy Spirit Living within me.
Practice: prayer, silence; enjoying God’s creation; meditating on scripture, humility, gratitude for salvation, seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance
2. Giving: I remain willing to joyously give that which I desire to receive. (Matthew 7:12) I will gratefully also receive all good gifts from the Lord, others and life itself with thanksgiving and seek to do good. (1 Thess 5:15-18) I make a point to give the most precious things in life to those I come into contact with.
Give: love, appreciation, attention, acceptance, forgiveness, truth, prayer, care
3. Cause and Effect: I am a choice-maker, and I take action that is based on Biblical truth, through which God works all things together for good. (Romans 8:28) I pray, read, seek the Lord’s guidance, ask Him for wisdom, remain objective and observe the possible consequences of my choices in order to make wise decisions. (James 1:5) I am an interpreter, and I exercise my freedom of thought by renewing my mind to make sense of the world from a Christ-centered perspective (Romans 12:2), and focusing on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
Principle: Do my thoughts and choices ultimately glorify God and bless others?
4. Least Effort: I live peacefully and at ease in harmony, joy and love, not striving out of selfish ambition or conceit on my own behalf (Philippians 2:3) or in my own strength, but instead resting in Christ (John 15:5-11). I let go, surrender to and trust in Him, expending less energy to accomplish more (Philippians 4:13). I practice acceptance, responsibility, and humility.
Process: creativity/generation, organization, delivery
5. Intention and Desire: I seek the Lord with all my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6), delight in Him (Psalm 37:4), and seek His kingdom above all things (Luke 12:31-34). When my intention, desire and attention is focused on Him and the truth in these ways, God blesses me and I will experience fulfillment (A Life That God Blesses verse here).
Desire: an intimate relationship with the Lord; His will, purpose, honor and glory
6. Detachment: Christ has granted me peace (John 14:27) instead of anxiety, worry or fear (Philippians 4:6-7) and I let go of the past (Philippians 3:13) and look to what lies ahead. I am comforted and even find freedom in uncertainty and the unknown. Focusing on what I do know that God has said, I go forth in courage and in faith with my security and identity firmly grounded in who God is and who I am in Christ, no matter what my roles or circumstances are.<
Perspective: process-oriented, enjoying the journey, forgetting what is behind, pressing on to what is ahead, hope of eternal life with God
7: Purpose in Life: God has created me and blessed with unique talents and spiritual gifts to serve others, and I have a special way of doing things (1 Corinthians 12). My highest calling is that I am here to love God and help others (Matthew 22:36-40). When I engage in this, I lose myself in God’s eternal purpose and grand plan.
Action: What can I do to lovingly nurture others? How can I know and live out what is my God-given life purpose, my unique mission?