I asked God to take away my pride.
God said “No. It’s not for me to take it away, but for you to give it up.”
I asked God to make the handicapped child whole.
God said, “No. Her spirit is whole, her body was only ever temporary.”
I asked God to give me patience.
God said, “No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn’t granted,
its earned.”
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 can enjoy all things.”
I asked God to help me love others, as much as God loves me.
God said, “Ah! Finally, now you have the right idea. (Anon)