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When Did Your Blessings Become Curses?

Abbey was crying obnoxiously one night recently. In the early days of your baby’s life, you think crying is cute. As time goes on, you think it’s a curse.

I started to complain a little to myself, but then God cut me off with a question:

You prayed for that baby, and now you’re complaining about a blessing that you wanted me to bring into your life?

That will shut you up quickly.

It’s interesting how God’s blessings can become our curses. What you spent so much time praying for or thanking God for eventually becomes something you complain about. From my experience, it usually happens right about the time that the blessing leads to an inconvenience. In my case, it was sleep. But it could be anything.

My guess is that the same has happened to you in some capacity. When did your blessings become curses?

Maybe it was when you begged God to grow your church. But then you started to complain about your lack of space when He did.

Maybe it was when you finally got married, but then realized that the person you married wasn’t a mirror image of yourself. And they wouldn’t change.

Maybe it was when you got a significant raise, but then realized there were significant taxes to go along with it.

Whenever it was and whatever it was about, it’s time to regain some perspective. After all, why would God continue to bless people who convert His blessings into curses?

For me, one realization has helped more than any:
Many times, your curses are really just high-class problems other people would consider themselves blessed to have.

People would die to have your church’s growing pains.
People would die to get married.
People would die to have a job, much less get a raise.

So I think we can learn to live with our blessings, even if they include a few accompanying inconveniences.

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Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Church meets at eight locations in the Charlotte area, as well as one location in Toronto, Canada. The church has been named one of the Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine for each of the past six years.