simplicity…

At the end of a bloody battle during the Civil War, someone found the following prayer folded in the pocket of dead Confederate soldier:

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things;

I was given infirmity, then I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy;

I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for, but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among men, most richly blessed.”

It is a great advance in spiritual understanding to be able to say, “I got nothing I asked for, but everything I had hoped for.”  That’s what simplicity is all about.

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  1. I am so thankful that He doesn’t give me the things I ask for. YIKES — would I ever be in a mess!!

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