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I asked God …

I asked God to do away with my vices. God said ‘NO!
They are not there for me to take them away. They are there for you to resist them’.

I asked God to complete my body. God said ‘NO!
Your spirit is complete, your body is only temporary.’

I asked God to give me patience. God said ‘NO!
Patience is a by-product of difficulties. It is not given but learned.’

I asked God to give me happiness. God said ‘NO!
I give blessings. Happiness depends on you.’

I asked God to free me from pain. God said ‘NO!
Suffering makes you go far away from this world and brings you nearer to me.’

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said ‘NO!
You have to grow by yourself! But I will prune you to make you bear fruit.’

I asked God for things that would make me like life. God said ‘NO!
I will give you life, so you can enjoy all those things.’

I asked God to help me love others, like He loves me.
God said ‘Ooohh, you finally got the idea!’

Anonymous

(Thanks to Shirley De Los Reyes for sending it to me!)

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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