The Blessing and The Curse


I just had a big ah ha moment. I was watching Gloria Copeland this morning…I get something from so many religious teachers and backgrounds…I like her…she’s a sweet little Texas woman who’s power packed…very cute. Anyway she was talking about the Blessing and the Curse in Deutronomy…of course, given the choice we all want to walk in the Blessing. I have always seen that though as a “Do as I say or I’ll zap you” kind of thing…my religious upbringing was Catholic but through my Grandma and not a complete package…my mother was excommunicated for remarrying…and she had anger against God because her brother died at 28…that’s another story….but I grew up fearing God as a lot of us did…Jesus loves me but God’s gonna get me….I don’t think that any more.

Back to the Blessing and the curse…I see it more like a parent guiding their child….the parent wants their child to have the absolute best they can possibly have….and it’s the parents job to guide the child as they grow up…don’t eat sugar…it will make you fat and give you cavities….get to bed on time…you’ll function better tomorrow, but if you don’t, you’ll be tired and crabby…listen in school and do your homework…you’ll get good grades, learn and advance…if you don’t…you will cut yourself off from or slow down opportunities from coming to you….etc.

The blessing is…come this way…this is great….the curse is the result of our behavior…it’s not God zapping us at all…He’ll do everything He can to help us avoid the curse…but we have free will…just like our kids do…sometimes we need to help them correct their behavior so they don’t hurt themselves and others…but we need to do it by teaching and guiding…we can’t force them…who they become is ultimately up to them….God is just teaching us and guiding us…and warning…not threatening…us of what can happen with our choices…That feels so much better to me…so much better.

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