Tag Archive | Luck

Is it luck?

luck. lək/. noun

1. success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

“it was just luck that the first kick went in”

synonyms: success, prosperity, good fortune, good luck

“I wish you luck”

verbinformal

1. chance to find or acquire.

“he lucked into a disc-jockey job”

Or is it Grace?

James 1:17New Living Translation (NLT)17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. 
James 4:2 b (NLT) Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

It’s difficult for some to imagine that God would car about our every day lives. 

Matthew 6:26-34 New King James Version (NKJV) 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

I feel God often uses others to bring the things we need. When Martha offered to share her home, I thanked God for her and accepted her offer. I was blessed because I needed a home, and she was blessed because her motive was pure. I won’t deprive others of a blessing when they come offering a gift I need by refusing it. 

That’s grace. The Bible tells me so.

Hard Times

I hear people say, “If I win the lottery – if I win the sweepstakes – if my horse comes in.” I admit I’ve thought the same thing. If I find my circumstances less than favorable because of errors in judgment, or unwise choices, I want to be rescued by ‘lady luck.’ I think it’s a fool who waits for luck to fix a problem.

Will I stop entering the HGTV sweepstakes? Probably not. Neither will I wait around to win to find solutions for difficulties. I’ve found if I make the hard choices of giving up what others take for granted, I’ll slowly work my way through economic hard times. I’ve found if one continues to do the same things the same way, everything stays the same. In other words, if your income is not enough to meet your bills, you’d better find ways to cut your expenses.

Once again I find the code for honorable people in the Bible. We’re admonished to not steal, pay our debts, learn to live within our means. I think this is the life God honors. God knows the intents and the purposes of our hearts. I can’t fool him.

Today our pastor told us when we get close to God, he gets close to us. I can’t influence God in my prayers if he hasn’t influenced me in my life. God has a soft spot for the prayers of righteous person. Focused prayer isn’t the “easy button” of Staples. It’s an effective way to communicate with the one I have a love relationship with. Righteousness is about the direction I’m taking in my life, not about where I am. I want to make progress, not be stagnant.

I want to thank my family who has been God’s hands on earth to help me through difficult times. Your support financially, as well as your moral and prayer support, has been a source of great comfort.