I asked God to take away my bad habits He said no It is not for me to take away but for you to give up. I asked God to let me meet my soulmate He said no Treat everyone with love and respect, and in time he/she will arrive. I asked God to give me friends He said no Friends can't be given, you have to help others and be a friend unto them. I asked God to grant me patience He said no Patience is not mine to grant, but for you to cultivate through your tribulations. I asked God to make me believe in Him He said no You have an agency, exercise it. I asked God to gift me with a child-like faith He said no Faith isn't given, it is purified through your trials. I asked God to make me rich He said no But I will send my Son to you so that your life may be enriched. I asked God to make me strong He said no You will learn to draw close to me in times of weakness. I asked God to spare me from pains and sorrows He said no But you'll get through them and find others in similar situations whom you can help. I asked God to give me happiness He said no I will bless you, but happiness is a choice. I asked God to teach me to love and care for my neighbors He smiled With a twinkle in His eye he said, my child you're finally getting there.