Feeling Lucky. I Mean Blessed. No, I Mean Lucky.

I must be feeling ambitious….2 posts in one day! Maybe that can help make up for the weeks I didn’t post at all. I’m sure I left all 2 of you breathless with anticipation!

I was just thinking about luck today on my way into work. Here’s the definition according to Dictionary.com. Actually this is just the first 4 of 12 definitions:

1. the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities: With my luck I’ll probably get pneumonia.
2. good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance: He had no luck finding work.
3. a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person: She’s had nothing but bad luck all year.
4. some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend: This rabbit’s foot is my luck.

A few years ago I decided to make an attempt to take the word “luck” and all of its relatives out of my vocabulary. I don’t really believe in luck and coincidence, but rather in God’s intervention in our lives. This comes in the form of blessings, guidance down certain paths in life, and protection, among other things. If everything were up to luck, why would we bother to make our requests known to God? It seems like a cruel picture: God tells us to ask for what we want and in the meantime, He’s up in heaven spinning a big wheel of fate. I just don’t buy that.

Luck is one of those words we use so flippantly and often that I catch myself using it all the time (at least in my thoughts; I’m getting better at not saying it out loud). In most cases I can substitute the word “blessed”. So instead of saying that I’m really lucky to have a good job, good health and a nice home, I count those as blessings that God has provided for me. I’m not lucky to have artistic talent. It’s a gift God specifically made for me. I’m not lucky that I’ve never been in a life threatening accident, I’ve been protected.

Yet I still catch myself wanting to say “good luck” when I part ways with a friend I know has a job interview or a health scare. Seems like the best thing to say would be “God be with you” but I haven’t trained myself to let that roll off the tongue as easily as, “good luck”.

This is perhaps getting a little more philosophical than I dare to get at times, but I had 40 minutes of thinking time in the car this morning. Can my theory of “no such thing as luck” really be true? If it’s not luck that I’ve never been in a life threatening accident, does that imply that God wasn’t protecting those people who have been? Could it be that there are some things that are just a matter of chance? Is every tornado, terminal illness, and birth defect planned and meted out by God? Or did He set the laws of nature into motion and intervenes from time to time?

So what brought about all this thinking about luck? I was just thinking this morning about how lucky I am that I’ve never got a speeding ticket. I drive about 9 miles over the speed limit, 70 miles a day for the past 4 years. What are the odds I’d never get stopped for speeding? Well I caught myself using the word “lucky” in my thoughts and did my automatic switch with the word “blessed”. Hmmm……something is wrong with that picture. “I consciously break the law every day, but God has really blessed me with never getting stopped”. What?! In this case, I would have to say that I’m just plain lucky.

~ by tawnyamarie on October 13, 2007.

4 Responses to “Feeling Lucky. I Mean Blessed. No, I Mean Lucky.”

  1. I would definitely say you not getting a ticket is lucky. šŸ˜‰ I’ve thought about this stuff a lot. I think sometimes things just happen AND that God is still in control. He knows what happens and when and how, but I don’t think He always intervenes. He gave us Free Will and sometimes it costs us something when we make poor choices. Sometimes it costs someone else. Our actions have consequences, but sometimes we’re “let off the hook” when we don’t get caught. Good or bad, it happens. As for saying “Good luck” to someone, well, I say it too. I prefer it to “God bless you”, but I’d rather say “I’ll be thinking about you” or “Can I pray for you?” then pray right there on the spot.

  2. Hello, my name is Denise and I’am 16 years old; my mom has raised me not to ever use the word “Luck” in any type of way. I slip sometimes; but I know that if you beleive in Jesus you will only believe in blessings, not luck. I’am totally against that word, you seem kind of confused, you seem to feel as if there is certain times the word must be used. God is in control of everything and he allows everything to happen for a reason. So maybe there is a reason God keeps “blessing” you not to get punished for you breaking the law. Besides that law is man-made God didn’t make that law. He seems to be blessing you from getting harmed from speed so you should definitely thank God for that because that is a blessing not a coincidence.
    P.S. I know you posted this weeks ago but this is just my advice just in case! God Bless You!!

  3. Hi Denise. Thanks for speaking up with your viewpoint. I do agree with your statement that God is in control of everything. I also believe that there are times when He chooses to let us make our own choices (whether good or bad) and then live with the consequences of those decisions. This does not mean that He is not in control, but that He is allowing us to be the creatures of free will that He made us to be. I am thinking of posting a part 2 to this post as a follow up. I will reflect and study on it some more.

    It’s great that you are choosing to view this subject with a Christian worldview rather than go along with what the world believes. I admire that. However I don’t think I completely agree with you. Yes God blesses me and often. I can even say that He definitely has blessed me with protection in my car, despite my decision to break the law and speed (and since we are told to obey the authorities, I don’t like to admit it, but technically it is a sin). But I think the fact that I haven’t happened to be caught is a matter of chance. I think some things God does leave up to chance. More about that later in my follow-up post. God bless!

  4. You are a very wise woman, I can’t wait to read your follow-up post!!

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