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“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”  James 3:10

        This  month St. Patrick’s Day, Good Friday and Easter fall together this year, my mind started thinking about these two words, lucky and blessed.  Searching various translations of the Bible, I could only find the word luck or lucky in the Amplified translation in Leviticus 19:25, “You shall not eat anything with the blood; neither shall you use magic, omens, or witchcraft [or predict events by horoscope or signs and lucky days]. Also, in Esther 3:7 and 9:24 referencing “lucky days” and Haman’s plot against the Jewish people during the time Esther was Queen.  The conclusion is that the child of God does not live life depending on luck.

         How many times do we use the work luck or lucky when we really mean to use bless or blessed?  We know each day and our future do not depend on luck.   As believers we understand that we are blessed to be under the God’s care and are not just living a random life.  We should not attribute it to luck, but see the blessing of God’s love providing for our every need.

         Blessings stem from God’s love for us by providing us hope for the future.  When He sent His only Son, He provided for everyone the blessing of eternal life.  There is really nothing else to say. 

         Here’s the challenge, when we use the word lucky, do we really mean bless?  Should we therefore be more aware, once again, of the words that proceed from our mouth and the impression those words leave on others? 

  • How many times do the words we speak give the listener two opposing meanings such as lucky and blessing?
  • Are there times that you can think of when you used these two words interchangeable?
  • Does this blog challenge you to be more thoughtful in the use of the words we speak as believers?

“May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  Amen

Psalm 115:15


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