A flood was threatening a small town and everyone was leaving for safety except one man who said, "God will save me. I have faith."
As the water level rose a jeep came to rescue him, the man refused, saying, "God will save me. I have faith."
As the water level rose further, he went up to the second floor, and a boat came to help him. Again, he refused to go, replying, "God will save me. I have faith."
The water kept rising and the man climbed on to the roof. A helicopter came to rescue him, but he said, "God will save me. I have faith."
Well, finally he drowned. When he reached his Maker he angrily questioned, "I had complete faith in you. Why did you ignore my prayers and let me drown?"
The Lord replied, "Who do you think sent you the jeep, the boat, and the helicopter?"
The only way to overcome the fatalistic attitude is to accept responsibility and believe in the law of cause and effect rather than luck. It takes action, preparation and planning rather than waiting, wondering or wishing, to accomplish anything in life. In words of Ralph Waldo Emerson - "Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect."