"Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day:
And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known."
I think this is a huge theme in the scriptures… that we get to choose whether we are blessed or cursed. We can follow God and listen to him as he guides us. If we do that, the natural consequence is that we’re going to find our way, and be blessed with the opportunities and experiences that he leads us to. We’ll grow and become better than we are. Or, we can follow other goals and desires, which is in essence, placing something else at the center of our lives, and making it into a sort of idol. And in choosing to do that, we curse ourselves by limiting our growth, and refusing to listen to the only one who can guide us along the correct path. God makes it very clear… you get to choose. Blessing or curse. And seriously, with a choice like that, who wants a curse? Ick. Now, I’m not saying there isn’t more involved in choice and in idolatry, and in blessings and cursings from God. What I am saying is... today, let’s obey the commandments and go for the blessings. Cursings stink. :)