And God said... No!

    I asked God to take away my pride.  And God said "No."
    He said it was not for Him to take away, but for me to give it up.

    I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.  And God said "No."
    He said her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

    I asked God to grant me patience.  And God said "No."
    He said patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is earned.

    I asked God to give me happiness.  And God said "No."
    He said He gives me blessings -- happiness is up to me.

    I asked God to spare me pain.  And God said "No."
    He said suffering seperates you from world and draws you closer to Me.

    I asked God to make my spirit grow.  And God said "No."
    He said I must grow on my own. But He will prune me to make me fruitful.

    I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.  And God said "No."
    He said I will give you life, that you may enjoy all things.

    I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as HE loves me.
    And God said . . .  Ah, finally -- NOW you have the right idea.

[ Author Unknown ]


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