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A Teen’s Wishes
by Stephen A. Peterson
09/22/04
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A Teen’s Wishes

As a teen—

I asked God for good looks that I might be popular with other teens—
--I was given acne, lots of freckles, crooked teeth and big ears that I might glorify
God for what He has given me.

I asked God for rich parents that I might have everything I need to live life comfortably—
--I was given parents without wealth that I might learn humility.

I asked God for perfect parents that they might teach me about life and how to get ahead
--I was given parents with many, many problems, imperfections and disabilities
that I may learn through them Godly love, compassion, forgiveness, mercy,
wisdom, and patience.

I asked God for intelligence that I might learn information quickly and easily—
--I was given to struggle to learn even the most elementary of tasks that I may
learn wisdom.

I asked God for lots of friends that I might be happy—
--I was given shyness to learn to seek a friendship and relationship with Jesus
Christ, Savior of the world.

I asked God for a perfect life that I might avoid pain and discomfort in life—
--was given periods and occasions of depression, rejection from others and
personal tragedy that I may learn to pray daily.

I asked God for strength in all things that I might be righteous—
--I was given to periods of doubt, weakness of character, and questionable
decisions that I may depend upon the Lordship and majesty of Jesus Christ.

I got nothing I asked God for for I failed to invoke in my petitions Godly wisdom, faith, hope, mercy and unselfishness but due to the unconditional love of God through the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ I was given everything I needed and had ever hoped for . In time when I looked back on my years as a teen I came to realize that You, Almighty God, My loving, living Omnipotent Father, most richly blessed me.


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Rachel McCroy 26 Sep 2004
that was deep
Rita Garcia 22 Sep 2004
Stephen, A great message, rings so very true. Keep writing, keep inspiring. Rita




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