Sjolander Road Fellowship

Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

blessings and curses



Combine bountiful blessings with a pessimistic mind and you create a fearful combination. Much to lose and a fearful nature yield a boat load of anxiety, guaranteed. A worrier with much has much to worry about, and worry he will.


It is noteworthy that often the most happy-go-lucky folks are those with little in the way of material possessions. In that state they seem to find contentment when many of us would never cease to agonize over what others have and we don't and concurrently would fret at the possibility of losing what we do have. In this mindset, blessings become a curse, denying us the joy we vainly seek in possessions and instead inducing health problems and mental fatigue.


When blessings become a curse, maybe we need to transform curses into blessings. That probably requires that we re-define what is a blessing and what is a curse. To our normal thinking, blessings cause joy and curses bring pain. Following that definition, if we have things that bring joy, we also face the chance of loss with the attendant pain of worry. The source of joy quickly can change to a cause of pain. In fact, almost every source of pain involves the loss of some aspect of our lives which we cherish- life itself, a loved one, health, security, etc.


So how do we redefine what is a blessing? Maybe those things which effect our spiritual growth are the real blessings- those life circumstances and experiences which make us more fully the spiritual being that we are destined to become ultimately. In this vein, pain does not have to be a curse and a state of ease can actually work against us.


Pain will remain unpleasant under any paradigm, but viewing it as serving a good purpose in the long run can't hurt in our ability to deal with it. Such re-thinking might encourage us to worry less and relish more.