By Michael Angier
"You don't always get what you want, but you almost always get what
Several years ago, a small farming community was experiencing a terrible
drought. The leaders of the community called a prayer meeting in hope of
everyone attending and holding a group prayer for rain. One man was in
attendance with his small son. As everyone was praying, the small boy reached up
and tugged his father's shirt to ask, "Daddy, what is everyone doing?"
The man explained that everyone was praying for rain and then went back to his
prayer. The boy looked around for a few more minutes and was puzzled. He tugged
again on his dad's shirt and asked, "Daddy, if everyone is here to pray for
rain, why didn't anyone bring an umbrella?"
Children expect things when they ask for them. And they usually get them.
Most adults are more cynical and lack the expectancy of youngsters.
As I look back on my life, I certainly didn't get everything I wanted (and
when I think about some of the things I wanted, it's probably a good thing).
With rare exception, however, I got what I expected.
You might be saying there have been things you asked for and even expected
but which you didn't receive. If you think carefully about it, I think you'll
admit that at some level you did not really expect it. You wanted it. You may
even have felt you deserved it, but some part of you always knew it was not to
Expectancy is real belief. When you sincerely believe, you'll have what you
ask for. Hope just doesn't cut it. Belief and expectancy does. When you ask for
something, build your belief and conviction that it is already yours, and you
will most assuredly have it. You'll attract it to you as certainly as light
comes with the dawn.
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