“Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”
– God in ” Evan Almighty”
Though I myself am not a religious person, nor I believe in “God”, this quote still resonates with me. I always feel as if the universe gives us circumstances and situations for a reason. Everything happens for a reason. It does not make sense for the universe to just give me courage, but the universe sure as hell will put me into a situation where I can choose to be courageous. In this way, we can learn to grow through our own thoughts and experiences. Going through these situations make us stronger and better prepared for next time.
The same goes with anything. If someone just hands something to you, and you didn’t have to work for it, you will not cherish it nearly as much as if you had toiled to achieve it. Keep in mind that anything worth anything, will require a great amount of work.