Friday, April 19, 2013

Faithful Friday ~ A Gift or a Curse

Good morning/afternoon, everyone!  It's Friiiidaaayy, and that means it's time for Faithful Friday!  :)  I'm especially excited about this Friday because tonight I am supposed to be going to my first swing dance!  Very excited.  :)

Faithful Fridays is a weekly linky party hosted on my blog.  I made it so that Christians could have one special day out of the week (Friday) to share something from their Christian walk on their blog.  If you'd like to participate, write your post, grab the button from the Faithful Fridays page on my blog (so that it will link back here), and come link up at the bottom of this post!  :)


I think we've all heard people talk about "blessings in disguise" and abilities or circumstances that are "both a gift and a curse."

But when you think about it, everything could be both "a gift and a curse."

My daddy told me one time that if you really take a look at the qualities in a person that are unpleasant, frustrating, and annoying, you can usually find that they're just misusing (or not using) a gift they've been given.

Someone with a knack for the English language and words and writing could misuse that gift by constantly correcting people's grammar and acting like a know-it-all.  Now, on the surface, that person may seem bossy, big-headed, and just utterly irritating.  But it's all about looking closely and searching out the good in every single person and situation you can!

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It's up to you to find beauty in the ugliest days.

Someone with a real talent for writing can use their writing to the full and give God the glory and provide wholesome, intriguing literature weaved together with Biblical truths, or they can just throw it away and not use it or use it for perverse uses.

We all have God-given gifts and talents, but it's up to us to use them the way we were meant to, the way God designed for us to use them.

So, we've talked about gifts that can be taken or used as "curses," but what about the "curses" that are really gifts?

At first glance, things like blindness, deafness, cancer, and Down Syndrome may look like a "curse," or a huge, life-shattering misfortune.  

And they can be, if a person lets them.  

But a person that is blind or deaf can be such a breathtaking, inspiring person when they decide to embrace life as it is and see their "curse" as a gift that God wants them to use for His glory!  Someone that has cancer can be a big testimony to both believers and non-believers when they stay faithful that God will heal them if it is His will, and accepting of His will if it isn't.  

And I don't think I even have to explain how much joy a child with Down Syndrome can bring to someone.  God uses these precious children for great purposes.

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Sometimes it's hard to accept the things that come our way.  It really is!  Sometimes I don't want my blessings to be in disguise.  But people say that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.  You can go through life with a dark, negative focus, staying bitter and disappointed and sorrowful over every single "bad" thing that happens, or you can live life trying to find the gift in every single person and situation God sends your way.

It's your choice. 

God bless ya'll and have a great day!  :)
Joy :)


Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Oh boy, did I love that post Joy! I love that too and said I would never forget is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.

I'm like you...I like my blessings to be easily recognizable rather than disguised sometimes...but the truth is that they're all blessings!

I love you! MORE... 10!

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