I asked God to take away my pain. God said,
"No. It is not for me to take away,
but for you to give it up."

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 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."

~ Unknown ~