There was once a little girl who really, really wanted a remote control car.
Though her older brother allowed her to play with his car occasionally, she wanted one of her own. She wanted a red one with black stripes, and her name emblazoned on the driver’s door.
She was told that God answers prayers, and that God gives good little girls what they pray for. And so, she tried her best to be good and she prayed.
And then one day, a box arrived for her. She was so happy, convinced that it was her remote control car.
Imagine her disappointment when she tore open the wrapper and saw a box of Airfix car (though the box had mechanical parts and transistor batteries). It was a remote control car, but it had to be built. You might not be familiar, but Airfix was the common toy back in the seventies and eighties, where children have to assemble the planes, or tanks, or cars, from fiddly bits of plastic and glue.
The girl was disappointed. She was expecting a car that she could just take out of the box and flick the ‘on’ switch.
But the fact that her dream car came in humble pieces of plastic taught her a big lesson. That faith alone will not solve your problems, whatever the religion.
And if you are spiritual/agnostic/ not into religion, saying positive affirmations without the actual effort will not get you where you hope to arrive at or give you the good things you think you deserve. You only get what you want if you put in the elbow grease – prayers and positive affirmations do help, but only if you do the actual heavy lifting and sweat.
Photo: I saw this Airfix in an old-style toy shop in Sandown, Isle of Wight, last week.