When Jewels was 18 months old, she woke me up early one morning, leaned in so her cherub-like face was an inch from mine, furrowed her little brow and said one word…
She did not ask:
May I have a cookie? Do we have cookies in the house? Can we go buy cookies if we don’t have them? Do I need to eat “strong food” before the cookie? Am I worthy to receive a cookie?
At less than 2 years old, around 6AM, with a limited vocabulary, #mySHINE decided within herself:
COOKIES exist… I DESIRE one… therefore I SHALL ASK FOR WHAT I WANT!
NO, she didn’t get a cookie at 6AM. SHE GOT IT AT 6PM, AFTER HER DINNER!
I made it my business to give her a cookie and remind her “This is the cookie you asked for this morning.” I so admired her AUDACITY and COURAGE to ask and her total resounding BELIEF SHE COULD HAVE IT!
So even the NO she received at 6AM was really only a “NOT NOW.” It did not mean (and rarely means in life) NOT EVER!
I pray she never loses her courage to ask for what she wants out of life. I pray all of us take courage from her example.
Ask, and ask, and ask, and ask, and ask, and it shall be given you…