It seems like a month since my computer worked properly–the AC power supply cord/adapter frayed from being bent (my fault) and overheating–but it’s only been 6 days! My computer can be a blessing and a curse, a form of ministry, or a waste of time. The blessing part *usually* outweighs the ‘curse’ aspect…I think.
A lot of other things can qualify as both a blessing and curse. This phrase, of course, became well-worn in the popular “Monk” TV series, when Adrien Monk frequently referred to his detective “gift” as a blessing and a curse. Solving tough crimes was the obvious blessing, while being overly attentive to detail, most certainly, a “curse.” In my personal experience, I find that cars, hormones, and memories are fully loaded with blessings AND curses. Here are some more:
- The blessing is in the simplicity, quality, and low cost of taking 1000s of photos, compared to film photography.
- The curse you may wonder? What to do with all those pics?? And, perhaps, the near-compulsion to be a non-stop photographer, just because it’s so easy!
- The blessing is, we’re alive!! As it’s been said, “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative” (Maurice Chevalier). Much is gained through aging, such as learning from our mistakes, growing closer to the Lord, and an increased comfort with our own selves.
- The curse is the obvious physical decline. Wrinkles, aches, and pains begin to appear unbidden. I appreciate how Charles Dickens highlights the difference between old and young in Little Dorrit: “Youth is prone to wear its boots unlaced and is happily unconscious of digestive organs.”
A house full of Bibles:
- Blessings in abundance. In free countries, we can read the Bible in over 100 versions, including the original Greek, Hebrew, with or without commentary. However, the most blessed aspect, is that we hold in our hands the God-breathed and designed story of life, salvation, redemption, and eternity with Jesus Christ!
- One little ‘curse:’ “To whom much is given, much is required.” Luke 12:48
- Financial security is a blessing. The Lord provides for us beyond what we ever deserve. But we want more. Extra riches coming in should = extra riches given away.
- Too much/too little can lead us to forget God, or our need for Him. As Solomon wrote, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8, 9
- “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” Jesus became a curse for us.
- His punishment became our peace. His curse became our blessing, His sentence and death, our deliverance and Life.
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”–in order that in Christ Jesus, the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13, 14
Can you think of any other mixed blessings?