Recently, I wrote a blog about the ten tools to tread through tough times. In the blog, one of the tools was faith. Now, there are three things that I desperately need in my life yet I have learned not to ever pray for. The ten tools, if you will recall, are: love, peace, joy, happiness, contentment, fulfillment, commonsense, intelligence, wisdom, and Faith. Nine of these tools will automatically produce in your life the three things that I never pray for.
What are the three things? Well, you know the first one. It’s faith. It is the last of the ten tools to tread through tough times. The next one is hope. The last thing is patience. Through my experiences whenever I pray for these three things I am put in circumstances that call upon me to utilize and exercise these three things.
Thus, when I’m in a long line, I get anxious and need patience. When I pray for hope and/or faith, it seems that I’m placed in demoralizing dilemmas. I feel discouraged and defeated and I need hope to stay optimistic and faith that God is with me in order to keep me from making equally demoralizing decisions. I have learned that I don’t need to pray for these things. I only need to operate in the nine tools mentioned above and faith, hope, and patience will appear.