The Irony of Happiness in Curse and Pain in Blessing

[Disclaimer: This is strictly a Christian’s thought.  This is not, in any way, intended to provoke arguments with those outside the Christian community. Discretion is advised.]

You might be under a curse and you might not know it. On the other hand, you may be blessed and you’re not even aware of it.

One of the greatest misconceptions that I have observed and realized is our definition of the word “blessing”.

Way back in college, I had a Japanese sponsor who, from time to time, met me for a dinner and a casual talk. Bearing in mind that it was not an accident that I met this person, God must have had a purpose as to why we crossed paths. I was not really equipped back then but I tried to evangelize and stimulate him to try to rethink things in a different perspective. He was an atheist and he caught me off-guard when he asked me that if there is a God, why do most Filipinos live in dire lack of basic necessities, considering that Philippines is a “Christian” country? And they, in Japan, are living abundantly without even believing to a deity. I was not ready to answer that question. Until I reformulated my definition of “blessing”.

Material abundance or whatever we construe as blessing is not and will never be classified as true blessing if it isn’t used for God. Anything that leads you away from God or the will of God – material or financial abundance, relationships, career path, anything that you prioritize above God – is a curse. Whatever we have must align first with God’s will and must therefore give Him honor before being qualified as blessings.

Jim Carrey once said, “I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer.” Apparently, a lot of people have striven hard opening a lot of bank accounts, reaching the peak of fame thinking that it would give them the happiness and security they are craving for, only ending up still dissatisfied and unhappy. At the end of the day, they still feel the need to fill a gap somewhere within.

I came to think what’s really with the most expensive foods served in the most expensive settings when you don’t have the people to share it with?

How about a substantial amount of earnings while not having the time for your family? I remember a kid who looks for his yaya when he has problems, and I remember the pain of the mother because her own son doesn’t seek comfort from her.

How about living in a humble abode and having a complete happy family? Growing your own food in the farm and getting to eat fresh organic harvest? Or sometimes experiencing both the “lack” and “how God fills the lack”?

What’s with having a complete body and you use your your hands for stealing, your feet for bullying, your eyes for lust? Nick Vujicic has no limbs but inspires millions worldwide. My cousin is born blind, and she never gets the chance to engage an eyesight to cruelty or pornography.

How could you consider a love a blessing if you are cursed of hiding from people close to your heart who supposedly are sharing with you the happiness you feel just because you’re in an illicit relationship? Or the guilt that’s haunting you? Or your children forsaking you because you left their mother?

How could you consider a relationship a blessing if it hinders you from serving God?

How about instead of saying “This sickness is a curse”, you say “I am blessed because a lot of people care and their love overwhelms me”? How about because of our sickness, we experience provisions and healing?

What about experiencing a deeper form of joy than receiving a gift when it is you who give and make others happy?

What about near-accidents which would make you value life? A heartache which would make you turn to God? A loss which would make you value what’s left? A weakness which would make you kneel and a trial which would make you trust the Lord?

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