Prayer & What Your Responsibilities are
I never prayed for victory, never asked God to let our team win the national championship, never offered up a prayerthat UCLA would set some record or win a particular game. To my way of thinking, God has more important things on his mind. Whatever level of competency we reach is up to us-only us.
It is like the story of the Englishman who was walking down a cobblestone path when he came upon a small cottage with a beautiful garden next to it. The Englishman paused in admiration and said to the gardener who was down on his hands and knees pulling weeds, ” Sir, what a beautiful garden God has blessed you with.” The gardener replied, ” You should have seen it when God was taking care of it by himself.”
Whatever gifts the Good Lord may have blessed us with, we are the ones who must get down on our hands and knees and do the work. It is up to us to make the garden beautiful. -John Wooden ” The Essential Wooden”