I don’t know where this originally came from. If anyone knows, can they please tell me so I can give credit to the source? I found it in an e-mail. It was one of those annoying chain mails with even more annoying and silly graphics, but if you took those away, I found the message to be very poignant. I was going to write a long inspirational blog to go with it, but thought it sounded too preachy. So draw from it your own ideas and interpretations. I hope it can inspire you.

I Asked God

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, ‘No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give 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 byproduct 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.’