Have you ever heard the phrase, “Be careful what you ask for?” I learned early in my faith what it means and how often it can come true, but I don’t think it matters what you believe in (whether it’s religion, science, karma, etc.)
Be careful for what you ask for,
because you might just get it!
So, my personal beliefs stem from a Christian background (‘Christian’ simply meaning that I am a follower of Christ and believe in the Bible.) I started praying very early in life, but by the time I was a teenager, those prayers were already mostly requests for personality and characteristic traits that I hoped to develop or become stronger in as I got older (verses material things). Much later in life, I would laugh at the realization of how God answers our prayers for such things.
If you pray for patience, do you think God will just magically bestow this quality within you, or might He provide you the opportunity to learn patience through different scenarios in your life?
If you pray for forgiveness, will He just give that to you, or might He provide opportunities for you to learn how to forgive the people in your life more?
If you pray for courage, is it that you are given more courage, or that you are given an opportunity in which to act more courageous?
If you ask for the ability to love more, how do you think you might receive such a gift? Could it possibly come when He provides you opportunities in which to be more loving?
Here’s a good one – how about empathy and compassion? If you need more of this, be prepared to meet people and have situations in your life which will require it!
Now here’s the tricky part – once these opportunities make themselves present in our lives, it then becomes our choice about what we do and how we react to them.
More Answered Prayers
I think this idea can hold true for other areas of our lives as well. When I was little (because of the type of home life we had) I would pray about learning life and death skills, and how to help hold the bad guys accountable. Well, none of that would have happened without being brought head first into those situations where it became a necessity and then a way of life for me. I didn’t set out thinking about wanting to work undercover or how my hands could be registered as lethal weapons. I don’t think many people do. But, because I was exposed to certain things, in essence, I had no choice (unfortunately, the motto “kill or be killed” has its place outside of war too.) Finally. I learned how to maximize the positives and embrace the hand with which I was dealt.
Practice Living Life
Also, if you believe that we are all made in His image, then that means we already possess those wonderful qualities which most of us are seeking. It means that they are already a part of our make up as individuals (with the mere exception of sociopaths perhaps, but to be born without a conscious or later lose it is another discussion entirely!) Anyways, it only seems logical that the best way to strengthen those qualities within ourselves is through ‘practice.’ And for the sake of this article, we will say that ‘practice’ is another word for ‘life’ or ‘living.’
If you pray for something, does God just give it to you
or might He bless you with an opportunity instead?
So this went in different directions than originally intended, but I decided to just go with it again in the spirit of learning how to relax more when writing. It’s an effort to process some things, remember forgotten lessons and a desire to continue growing as a person.
The point is simple… “Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it!” Although, it may come to you by surprise or in ways which you would have never thought possible. Still… don’t gripe, complain, be bitter or angry once it lands smack on your doorstep. Instead… welcome the opportunity, embrace the possibility of change, and move forward with gratitude for answered prayers. We try to do this despite the fear, discomfort and pain, because we know those feelings are only temporary, meant to distract us from growing and reaching our potential.
So, I challenge you to think about the things you’ve asked for this year and how your prayers may have already been answered, or how those things which you seek are coming about.