I ASKED GOD

I asked God to take away my pain. 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 is only temporary."
I asked God to grant me patience. God said "No, patience is a by-product 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 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."