Are You Feeling Unlucky? Consider This

834640_88057651Are you feeling unlucky? I touched on the topic of luck and its role in the life of a believer in my post “Good Luck, No God Bless.” As I wrote that post I reflected on what lucky means for Christians. I’d written that post before I’d started reading a wonderful book that really got me thinking deeper about luck and how we view those that are considered lucky in our society. Given the trials I’ve endured over the past two years, some people would probably say that I’m unlucky. Heck, if I were on the outside looking in at my own life I’d most likely surmise that I’d been unlucky as well. It easy to feel that way, when you get one blow after another you can come to the conclusion that you’re gonna be knocked out of the fight. Not a lucky feeling. Not only that, you may feel like the last person or the most unlikely person that God would ever use. But we of the faith need to redefine what luck really is, in light of eternity. Even as I type this, I’m well aware that it’s easy for me to say this because I’m enjoying my life. I’ve had a lot of trials true and I still have some residing issues, but I’m able to do all I want. I have a very good life. If the residual vertigo problems I have continue, even throughout the rest of my life, I am fortunate as compared to some. Fortunate in this lifetime. So what makes someone unlucky? Am I unlucky?1013752_95503215 If I were confined to a wheelchair it would be much harder than to simply deal with feeling bad on occasion. So am I luckier than someone with greater limitations? Maybe in this life I am, but our luck is found in what’s to come and the comfort that has already come. The comfort of Christ living in us, is a reminder of that which will be, when the kingdom of God will rule on the earth in its fullness. Even if our lives are not what we had anticipated, we that have put our hope in Jesus are lucky. For it’s we who will inherit eternal life and that far surpasses any temporary earthly pleasures this life can offer. We also have comfort that comes from God. Those that feel lucky in this life are the ones that are really unlucky, because they haven’t felt their need of a Savior. Therefore they do not have what Christ has given us. They only have their self sufficiency.1176741_68006109.Revelation 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. The people who feel self-sufficient and not in need are the unlucky ones. Radical huh? The book I’m reading challenged me to think differently about those that are considered lucky and unlucky in our society.

“Lucky: How the Kingdom Comes To Unlikely People” by Glenn Packiam. Highly recommended. As a side note Mr. Packiam is the writer of a well-known praise and worship song titled “Your Name”.

Here’s an excerpt from his book.

Victory has started to unfold. Comfort is coming. Indeed it has come. Imagine that a man takes you to a junkyard covered with rusted metal and decomposing parts, littered with paper bags and used up cups. Imagine that he tells you that this very ground will be a beautiful garden. “No way,” you say. “This place is covered with trash and refuse. This is a junkyard, not a garden.” “True,” the man says. “it is a junkyard now. But I just bought it and will make it a garden. In fact, I’ve already started my work.”

“What?” you say. “It looks the same as it did last week. How is anything different?” The many gently replies, “I have already planted some flowers.” “Where>” you ask. “I don’t see anything.” But its work is beneath the soil. Suddenly he points to a green shoot breaking through the earth. “Look! There it is. I planted that recently. There is a small sign of what is coming.”

Good Luck! No, God Bless!

IMG_3983I couldn’t help but purchase this fun package of pasta for St. Patrick’s Day. After all, who doesn’t want to eat something “lucky”. And being I’m a wee bit Irish, I have to celebrate somehow! I”m not a drinker, so eating is my way of celebrating this festive occasion.

St Patrick’s day, ah the green… oh for the love of green! Leprechaun, castles, pots o’ gold, rainbows and lucky charms! I’ve always found St. Patrick’s Day to be fun, I remember growing up in Chicago and it was a big day for celebrating there. Parades that went on for miles with music, dancing and lots of Irish eyes smiling about. Even the Chicago River was dyed green. Which is still done each year.

A mist all the hoopla I can’t say if I truly believe in luck or not. I think at times we make our own luck by our choices, Yet life isn’t always fair for some folks. Sometimes you don’t get a choice. Some are born into a comfortable life with their college education paid for even before they were born! Others unfortunately are born into a life of struggle. Misfortune with poor health happens to the rich as the poor. And those born poor can sometimes turn their life around and become very successful,  defying the odds that are stacked against them. Maybe, I’m looking at this thing called “luck” all wrong. What would Jesus say? Would’ve he said,  the man without problems is lucky because he is without struggle? Or would he say “Lucky are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”…Oh wait, he did say something like that. This is what He says “Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3) Yes the word blessed means “happy” in translation. It’s the closest thing I could find to “lucky” in scripture. Poor in Spirit is thought to mean humble. Doesn’t trials and misfortune and struggle bring about humility? So my mind is settled on this issue. I know that if I perceive something as unlucky God will take it and make something good come from it. That’s about as good as it can get, especially since good and bad things happen to us all  I close with a Irish blessing for you.

May the rain drops fall lightly on your brow

May soft words freshen your spirit

May the sunshine brighten your heart

May the burdens of the day rest lightly on you

And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love