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“I Love You (or, uhhh, really me) So Much!”

We are quick to speak of the needs of others in our conversations, our casual encounters with friends, and with our Christian friends in prayer requests.  It is natural for us to do so.  We love those in our circle.  We also feel great concern for those we may not know well, but is a “friend of a friend” that we heard experienced some genuine sadness or sorrow.  There is something within us that feels a catharsis if we can simply unload a sorrow told to us to someone else.

Over the years, it has been fascinating to see how often that the burden we feel for one that is on our mind truly impacts us.  By that, I mean that the dilemma that the person of our compassion is experiencing and is the focus of our “prayer request” also has significant ties to us financially, in our business, family, or daily operations of our company.  Their sorrow or temporary illness or disability adversely affects us.  In other words, we do have a heart-felt desire that a person improves and we are also eager for them to rebound.  But, we may also be praying for their return to full strength so that our lives are not adversely affected by their time away from their routine.           

In those situations, the prayer that we are praying for one’s wellness, legal matter, family disruption, or some other interruption from daily productivity does carry with it personal desires.  It is truly hard to have pure motives (even in prayer) in some situations.  It is a rock-solid Christian that can pray for and minister to another in a time of need with no other motive than that person’s well-being. There are lots and lots of Christians who are “pure in heart” when they express the valley that another is having to pass through.  For those kinds of Godly people, we can all be extremely grateful.

A woman was out golfing one day when she hit the ball into the woods. She went in to look for it and found a frog in a trap. The frog said to her, “If you release me from this trap, I will grant you three wishes.” The woman freed the frog, and the frog said, “Thank you, but I failed to mention that there was a condition to your wishes. Whatever you wish for, your husband will get the same thing you get….times ten.” The woman said, “That’s okay.”

For her first wish, she wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the world. The frog warned her, “You do realize that this wish will also make your husband the most handsome man in the world, an Adonis whom women will flock to.” The woman replied, “That’s okay, because I will be the most beautiful woman and he will have eyes only for me.” So, KAZAM! Suddenly, she is transformed into the most beautiful woman in the world.

For her second wish, she wanted to be the richest woman in the world. The frog said, “That will make your husband the richest man in the world and he will be ten times richer than you.” The woman said, “That’s okay, because what’s mine is his and what’s his is mine.” So, KAZAM! Once again, she is instantly changed into the richest woman in the world.

The frog then inquired about her third wish, and she answered, “I’d like a mild heart attack.”