I remember something that really affected me years ago, when Arthur Ashe died. I saw a quote of his that said, “I’m not praying to be healed. I never once prayed to win a tennis match, and I’m not going to tell God what to do now.” But, you know, he was just praying for the willingness to trust and surrender — “Thy will be done,” and all that. And that really affected me. That is so beautiful, so “money where your mouth is.” You don’t pray to win tennis matches. You don’t pray for them to get your room ready sooner, just because you have a sore throat and possibly tuberculosis.

-Anne Lamott

-via Ross Hoss


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