It is easy to anticipate that this year will be very much like the last
and the one before it, when, in fact, chances are good
it will be altogether different.
So when events begin to turn, realize that none of it is merely coincidental.
Take the word “coincidental” out of your vocabulary, along with “luck.”
You can trash them both!
You don’t need them anymore.
Nothing is coincidental.
“Luck” has no place in a Christian’s vocabulary.
By Charles Stanley
I had the pleasure of spending time with one of my dear friends the other night and had the most uplifting conversation. While we no longer share a hometown, we do share a faith. So while we really connect, we don’t see each other often. This friendship is unique because we didn’t hang out a lot before I moved away and yet we can be very transparent with each other and share both our joys and struggles. God has used this friend many times to speak into my life with a piercing accuracy that astounds me. Its like she’s been given supernatural insight into who I am, like she’s read the “owners manual” all about me specifically….and because we share a faith, I know the supernatural source of that insight! But the piercing is not just in the way she challenges me, which she most definitely does, she’s not one for mincing words, but also speaking truth in a way that blesses my life. She reflects who she sees that God has made me to be—not just who I am currently—but the potential in me, and how God can use me in the future. She reflects my strengths and my gifts. She has helped me see who I am while also challenging me to strive to be more like Christ. He has also used me to challenge her and reflect to her, what I see in her. It’s a special friendship, not the type I have with many.
One thing she challenged me about last week was my use of the word “lucky.” I know I use the word “blessed” a lot, but had never really focused on the difference between being blessed and being lucky. I think in the past I’ve used those interchangeably. I’m so blessed to….or, boy, I am so lucky that…
For whatever reason that night I kept using the latter word, lucky, instead of the former. And it got to my friend! She kept pointing out that it’s not luck when you have a relationship with God. And she’s right. When God is involved, there’s no such thing as luck. Everything comes from His hand. There are no coincidences. I don’t know if I’ve used “lucky” to be more p.c. or what, but going forward, I’m going to strive to use blessed.
The dictionary defines “Blessed” as:
1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified: the Blessed Sacrament.
2. worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship: the Blessed Trinity.
3. divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.
4. blissfully happy or contented.
And the quote at the top of this posting? It showed up in my friend’s devotions two days after we had gotten together? Coincidence? I don’t think so. : )
Praise the name of the Lord your God, that has dealt wondrously with you. Joel 2:26
Thank you for soul mate friends. Thank you for friends who see the world differently than us, ones who can challenge us to grow, but thank you also for friends who share our faith and can challenge us to go deeper with you. Lord, I lift up both my kids and pray that you’ll bless them with both types of friends. Friends who will have had different experiences than them that can challenge their perspective and experiences and friends who share their faith and can draw them closer to you. May all of their friendship experiences teach them more about You, whether a faith is shared or not.
May you equip us as parents to speak into their lives in piercingly beautiful ways. May we reflect not just what we already see in them but also what You’re calling them to…who you are making them to be. May we speak challenges, truth, but also beautiful, piercing, soul-rejuvenating grace.
Lord, please bring others into our childrens’ lives who will also speak in this way to them. May there be many–friends, teachers, youth pastors, grandparents, and other relatives that will have supernatural insight into our childrens’ lives. That they would hear from others the truth of who you have truly made them to be, foibles and talents, quirks and giftings. May these words bless them, grow them, and bring life to them. May they have a supernatural sense of who they are and Who You Are from an early age. May they know their true identity. May they never have serious doubts about their overall purpose or their significance in this big world, knowing that ultimately both come from You. May You reveal the specifics of their purpose and Your plan for them through Your Word—both through Scripture and through the words you give your followers to speak into their lives. May both of our children learn discernment. May they know what truth is from You and what to discard. May hurtful words and ones that are clearly not from You slide off of them. May it not pierce, may it not impact, may it fall off them. Help them be receptive to feedback and open to honesty.
May your Holy Spirit convict us when we say we’re lucky or when we claim that things in our lives are a coincidence. Remind us to give credit to Whom credit is due: to You! We are so blessed, may our children know this to their bones. May they connect all things coming from Your hand. That we’re not lucky, our lives aren’t full of random coincidences, but that we’re BLESSED… blessed by You!
In Jesus’ Name,