Pray only that it will help us grow
February 16th 2017
God is not there to fulfil people’s desire for ease, tranquillity and well-being. He is only concerned with what will make them grow. But that is what human beings do not really understand. When they suffer, they pray to the Lord... This is very good, prayer can help them, but only if they know how it is to be used, for what purpose, and when. Otherwise they will not feel their prayers have been answered. So, when you are suffering, do not ask God to free you from this suffering, but to help you endure it so that you may extract every benefit from it. Suffering exists not for the purpose of hurting us, but to teach us where genuine good is to be found, and thus to make us stronger, more intelligent and more vibrant. Repeat to yourself every day that thanks to suffering you will gain great wisdom. And know that in talking to you like this, I am not minimising or underestimating your suffering; know that I am also talking to myself, because all human beings without exception need to educate and perfect themselves.