You’ve probably heard of it. This movie, the book, this website, this thing all big business/motivational speakers talk about.

“The Secret.”

Yup. That’s the one. I watched this movie back in 2006 when it was first released. It’s worth a watch, just once. Here’s the link to watch the first 20 minutes:

What do you think? The movie/book is supposedly a “self help” genre. I found it to be interesting, an new approach to a thought many of us had and probably heard of in our life times. This idea that “what you think about you bring about.” That the universe hears our affirmations and aligns the atoms in our lives to make things happen…. The producers just brought a bunch of people together that can speak animately about it and convincingly about it. What I believe is that they’ve found yet another way to describe our innate and enduring relationship with GOD. The ability to pray and be answered, though it may take a few months or years as we realize our faith and allow ourselves to be governed by his Spirit (and if you remember, there is a biological need for time to change our thoughts and feelings.., its not instant) and having faith that he can lead us in a life that is best for us. One that is hope filled, love filled, and happy.

The reason I bring “The Secret” out is that it DOES provoke thought. A valuable tool in this day and age. Too many people “settle” for less than they are capable. Too many of us “settle” for a life and attitude of mediocrity when we really can make a difference, we really CAN change our lives, we really CAN change our situations if we utilize GOD in our lives. I just don’t think its all about “what you think about you bring about.” Although that is a true principle. I mean, if you think about making pancakes for dinner, it’s likely to happen! But as for big changes, believing that you alone can send messages to the world and galactic universe and it will ultimately come back to you… My belief is that we’ve always had the ability- the thoughts- the right tools- if you will, to do what our hearts and minds are truly capable of. GOD made us that way- not some life changing moment at a business seminar. But like I said- taking the time to think about it and accept the fact that maybe your current path IS NOT what you want– is valuable, and life changing moments DO happen, but the instigator isn’t our own selves- it’s GOD.

An example in my life:
Throughout 2007-2009 my life was a mess of debt (both consumer and medical), post-partum depression, health problems, marital stress and personal lack of confidence. Yes, there was a lot of good times, good neighbors, wonderful family help and support, and I am SOOOO grateful. Those things are blessings from God that help comfort us and to survive years like these. But I truly believe that my faith in PRAYER and motivation to study in gospel topics and books as well as studying out secular topics like HEALTH, BIOLOGY, BUDGETING, CREDIT COUNSELING, MARRIAGE COUNSELING, etc were essential to our family’s turn around. Some would say that “I was sending messages out to the universe that I needed help” and being led to study these ideas were some galactic pressure changing through a few years to bring about my solutions!

What-ever! GOD was changing my belief in myself. GOD was working miracles, little by little until a HUGE miracle took place that I was prepared to receive. I had to go through each small miracle, recognizing and having faith that it was GOD working in my life, a heavenly father that knew me, knew my weaknesses, knew my hearts’ desires and knew what I was capable of.

In the end of this particular journey, here we are in 2013. We are, in my mind, living a very abundant life. We can travel on CASH multiple times a year, we have food, clothes, and a nice home, we have a wonderful marriage- stronger than ever- excellent mental/physical health in the whole family- our only debt is our home- and savings in the bank/investments that almost equal the amount of consumer and medical debt we had just 4 years ago. THAT my friends is a miracle in my book. THAT my friends is living abundantly. THAT my friends is a life filled with joy and happiness. Heavenly Father is our dearest counselor, our closest friend, and his son, Jesus Christ made is possible to change our hearts, change our lives, and offers grace and tender mercies when we have done all we can do.

The best part?It’s not a “Secret.”-the galactic universe hearing your cries for help and personal need for love and hope.

It is a real Heavenly Father that created you. YOU are HIS. YOU are a child of God. And he knows you, loves you and wants the best for you. Allow him to work in your life and over time, you will begin to see hope, love, and the GOOD life, the GOD filled life becoming YOURS!

“I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable [of the laborers in the vineyard], but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.”

—Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers in the Vineyard“, General Conference, Apr. 2012