I suppose there’s no real way to say this without coming across as harsh, but I think that sometimes, a full reliance, not necessarily belief but a full reliance on God can cause people to have less faith in themselves and in others. For instance, the other day, I had a really tough time at work. I’m new at my current job and am brand new to the industry. That being said, a lot of things didn’t go my way. Somehow I was able to pull it together and make it through the day and solve what I needed to solve. The customers were generally understanding and patient and my co-workers were helpful and didn’t give me a hard time.
Years ago, at the most tense moment of my day, I would have said a prayer asking for some divine intervention to help me to solve the situations I found myself in, for my co-workers to help me and not be angry, and for the customers to be understanding. I believe that energy is energy. So, instead of saying a prayer I just focussed on staying positive and being kind to myself. I think that either one of these tactics can result in having a good experience, that prayer can be a good source of positive energy for people. But here’s where I think a full reliance on God and prayer can be counter-productive and even dangerous: If I had said a prayer I would have attributed my ability to handle the situation to the power and love of God, and that because of God, my co-workers and customers were good to me. Because I didn’t do that, I believed in my own abilities and the empathy, kindness, and patience of others.