I Asked God

I asked God to take away my pride.
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," Her spirit was whole,
her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said "No", Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is 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 for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said "No", I will give you life
so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others,
as much as he loves me.
God said... Ahhhh, finally you have the idea!