God Said, “No.”

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I asked God to take away my habit. God said, “No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it 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 by-product 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, “Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.”



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