Trials of Life: Curses or an opportunities for growth?

The following meditation is from the Henri Nouwen Society and is definitely worth serious reflection…especially for those of us who think that we are waiting for the next “bad” thing to happen in our lives. It is really our own choice as to how we think about our lives and the things that happen to us.
If you could think of the “curses” as an opportunity to strengthen your faith in a God that would never send a curse to those he calls Beloved….it would change how you look at things. Everything that comes to you is a chance to build relationship with Him…perhaps that’s why you are being faced with the trial (not curse) in the first place. Ever wonder how your faith grows? It doesn’t grow if it is never being tested.   As it grows, so does your relationship with God.  How has your faith grown lately?

Choosing the Blessings, Henri Nouwen Society

It is an ongoing temptation to think of ourselves as living under a curse. The loss of a friend, an illness, an accident, a natural disaster, a war, or any failure can make us quickly think that we are no good and are being punished. This temptation to think of our lives as full of curses is even greater when all the media present us day after day with stories about human misery.

Jesus came to bless us, not to curse us. But we must choose to receive that blessing and hand it on to others. Blessings and curses are always placed in front of us. We are free to choose. God says, Choose the blessings!


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