I do love discovering colloquialisms through conversation. This time, my source is a young friend and actor in my theatre troupe. She is a bright young woman who is also interested in language (and a million other things), and we were talking a while back about our favorite sayings. This one came from her relatives overseas.
I’m not a particularly religious person, but I have always had a kind of faith that the things will generally work out for the best somehow. That doesn’t mean, though, that I simply move along in life assuming everything will be fine. I also have to do what I can to make sure things go the right direction. I’ve always preferred “God helps those who help themselves” to “Jesus take the wheel.”
Another way to put this is from a discussion I had with a former college roommate. There is a segment of the population that will go into a dangerous situation and assume that their faith will protect them. Others realize that perhaps you should help that along by avoiding dangerous situations where possible.
“Trust in God, but tie your camel” is another “God helps those who help themselves.” As this pastor puts it, when has trust ever meant just sitting back and not doing our part? I like this one because it focuses on using common sense and taking care of yourself and still maintains optimism about the world.