I asked God to take away my bad habits.
God said no.
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 is learned, not granted.
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 brings you apart from wordly 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 and make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said no: I will give you life so you might enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me.
God said: Ah, finally you’ve got the idea!
This day is yours. Don’t throw it away.