I know what you are thinking… trivial. In the big scheme of things, saying blessed instead of lucky has nothing to do with salvation, however, for me it’s something I make a conscious effort to do. Here’s why.
With each word we say we are making a statement. What our beliefs, ideologies, and passions are. Luke 6:45 says, “Out of the heart the mouth speaks.” The power of the tongue is very influential.
Yet, oftentimes we say things out of what we are used to hearing or saying, rather than the actual meaning behind them. But I challenge you to really think about the words you are saying; what are you standing behind with the words you speak.
Blessed: very welcome, pleasant, or appreciated (Merriam-Webster)
Happy; prosperous in worldly affairs; enjoying spiritual happiness and
the favor of God (1828 Noah Webster)
Lucky: the things that happen to a person because of chance: the accidental way things happen without being planned
When you think of the definitions, the word “blessed” is stating an appreciation to someone, and for me that appreciation is to God. I love the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary definition, because that is exactly how I view the good things that come into my life, as the favor of God. I see God’s purposeful hand directing my life in the small and big things. Whereas, “Lucky” is stating that you “randomly” received something good or bad in your life, and that there is no purpose behind it besides being in the wrong, or right place at a certain time. I just don’t agree with this ideology.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
It says here in James every good gift, not some, not a few, but every good thing. So thank God for each blessing in your life, because God is showing you love throughout your whole day. You just have to acknowledge and realize where the source of your appreciation should be.
Even though we have free will enabling us the ability to make right or wrong choices, we still have a personal God. He knows the choices we will make and ministers throughout our life using blessings, trials and various life events to direct us back to God.
Some may question, “what about probability? Isn’t that luck, or chance?” I say, “who put probability in motion? Who knew before you even rolled that dice who would get the winning number?” Job 1:21 says, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.” The Lord controls who gets and who doesn’t. It is not because He loves one person more than another, rather He knows what each of us need to draw us closer to Him.
Even the seemingly insignificant details of our life have purpose. God is all knowing, all purposeful. So as you wake up today, see God’s purpose in every moment. Delight In God as He delights in you. Use your moments for Him, as He breathes purpose and value into each one.