Friday Wisdom – Praying for Potatoes

“If you pray for potatoes, better reach for a hoe.”

This was some thing that Hellen – a sponsor for the Alateen group I was part of way back in my teens when I could eat two large pizzas in one sitting – would often say on the subject of prayer.  Then she’d launch into a long explanation on why prayer without action was useless.

More wisdom next week,

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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23 Responses to Friday Wisdom – Praying for Potatoes

  1. SonniQ says:

    I agree. Having a prayer and expecting something outside you to make it happen is silly. I’m a Buddhist. We call it the law of cause and effect. Christians say: you reap what you sow. Bottom line – prayer without action is like praying and put out your hands and saying, “Where’s my cookies?” and nothing is there and saying, “I guess it’s the lord’s will.”


    • Sadly too many people treat God like an ATM, “give me.” Prayer is a basis for action and the start of the conversation on how to change.

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      • SonniQ says:

        So right. People when they have a problem and then hold out their hand waiting for their cookie. Effects in your life come from an action. The law of cause and effect or even, you reap what you sow. If you want a different future than what you have you have to work for it. You need to find the wisdom of past mistakes and learn from it. I don’t understand why people think their is a loving, emotional thing out their that plans their life. That’s ridiculous. Yes, people have the right to believe what they wasn’t but it doesn’t make it any less absurd. Because it this entity is out there it’s an alien. People need the crutch of thinking something loves them and their life isn’t their fault. It’s God’s will. But they can believe in it as long as they don’t try to force their beliefs on me. Faith needs to be personaland kept personal. Your last sentence is so right. Let it open up dialogue on HOW to change.


  2. Yeah, it’s like – when you pray to be cured, you should probably also get a doctor involved 🙂


  3. Debra says:

    A hearty “Amen” to that one! Especially timely, I think!


  4. Most impressive part of this is the two large pizzas in one sitting! Wow!


  5. Smart lady 🙂


  6. Very true! It’s a two-way conversation, after all.


  7. I’ve always had a bias for action. Here here!


  8. Sounds like something my Dad would tell us.


  9. Coisas EM'adeira says:

    Just read yesterday’s world craziness I meant news… and I was wondering what you would write today!
    And just in case you wondering about the expression craziness… from this side of the Atlantic we’re having our share of as well.


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