On NBC’s Tonight Show, Johnny Carson read an item from the lost-and-found column of a Midwestern newspaper: “Lost dog–brown fur, some missing due to mange, blind in one eye, deaf, lame leg due to recent traffic accident, slightly arthritic. Goes by the name of ‘Lucky.'”
Some people have more luck than others. Luck is an interesting thing. Some people think luck is involved when they strike it rich in Vegas. Some people think luck is involved when they receive a promotion, make the big play in a game, or score a free meal. Today, everyone is thinking about luck, four leaf clovers and maybe even a lucky rabbit’s foot. When good things happen in our lives, is it luck that’s at play, or is it something greater?
I am a firm believer that those who follow God’s word don’t need luck. Someone once said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” That’s a great saying. This life is not about how lucky we are, but instead about how blessed we are.
Next time you find some good fortune coming your way, thank God for the blessings He’s given you. Instead of rubbing that rabbit’s foot, say a prayer to God. We know that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…” (James 1:17). Our blessings come from God, not a leprechaun.
Sometimes when bad things happen in our lives, people will say, “that’s just my luck.” Again, I don’t think luck has anything to do with it. “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, know that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).
God is the giver of blessings and He allows us to be tried. Hard work and God’s blessings define who we are. I can guarantee you that there is no gold at the end of a rainbow, but there are streets of gold waiting for those who do the will of God.
~ Kevin Harrington; efoothill.org