“You’re So Lucky”

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Every once in a while someone tells me I am lucky. I gave up on luck years and years ago. I believe instead in the God Who blesses. Everything good that happens to me is one of His blessings. Everything bad that happens to me is something He has allowed because He is my loving Father Who knows what will help me most.

Sometimes I wonder if people talk about luck because it somehow makes them feel better about their decisions, or about their unwillingness to make them.

Good Luck poster with a woman holding a wishbone, 
printed by the Woodward & Tiernan Printing Company, 1906.
Courtesy Library of Congress.

A homeschooling friend poured her heart out to me one day because someone had just talked to her about her great kids. She cried, something I had never seen her do before. The other person had made my friend feel as if she was just one of the lucky ones who got good kids. As a mother who had worked hard to mother well, who had poured her life into her children, and who had been willing to make sacrifices and tough decisions, it hurt that someone thought she was just lucky.

I intend to spend the rest of my life pouring my life into my family and praying hard for God’s blessings on them. The end result? Well, everything good will be a blessing from God and luck won’t have anything to do with it.

So then, my beloved,
just as you have always obeyed,
not as in my presence only,
but now much more in my absence,
work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
for it is God who is at work in you,
both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:12-13, NASB

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