I Asked God...
I asked God to take away my problem.  God said, “No,
it’s not for me to take away, but for you to give up”.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.  God
said, “No, his spirit is whole, his body is only temporary”.
I asked God to grant me patience.  God said, “No, patience
is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned”.
I asked God to give me happiness.  God said,
“No, I give you blessings; happiness is up to you”.
I asked God to spare me pain.  God said, “No, suffering draws
you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me”.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.  God said, “No, you must
grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful”.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.  God said,
“No, I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things”.
I asked God to help me love others as much as He
loves me.  God said, “Ahhh, finally you have the idea”.
How Much?
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