An Athlete's Prayer

For I asked God for strength that I might achieve,

Instead I was made weak that I might learn to humbly obey.

I asked for help that I might do greater things,

Instead I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy,

I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praises of men,

I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for things that I might enjoy life,

I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

Because I am among all athletes who have been most richly blessed: You see, I lost by inches, but I won by a mile.

Adapted from a prayer written by an unknown Confederate Soldier

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