Everything You Need…
I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brain to work.
I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.
I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.
I asked for everything so I could enjoy life. Instead, He gave me life, so I could enjoy everything.
I received nothing I wanted…I received everything I needed.
My prayer has been answered.
The things that we need in order to grow and mature do not always come in the nice, neat packages we would like, or generally expect them to. We addicts are mighty lazy, plenty immature and somewhat irresponsible and so “we want what we want when we want it…and don’t want to work for it. Just as it say says in the 12 and 12, God will not render us white as snow without us doing our part.
If we truly are driven to be changed, in order to fulfill our destinies, then we must embrace all opportunities that, while seeming to be challenges, will help build in us the kind of inner strength and character of godly men and women.
Thought for the day
Life is a journey. Don’t run…Don’t complain…Let us learn from it!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does…Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. ~James 1:2-8,22,25 (NIV)~