By Michael Angier
"You don't always get what you want, but you almost always get
what you expect."
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
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 be.
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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