Feeling “Lucky?” Try Blessed

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Alright, I’ve had enough: I am boycotting the phrase “lucky.”

And “good luck.”

And “lucky guess,” “beginner’s luck,” “lucky duck,” and, uh, all of these, basically.

Why?

If God cares about the sparrows, how much more does He care about you?

If He knows all of the stars by name, do you think it’s just “good luck” that the universe doesn’t just suddenly fall out of balance and explode into oblivion?

If He knows how many hairs are on your head, do you think it’s just a “happy accident” that you got that new job?

“Yeah, but Oliver,” you say, finishing your Batman doodle. “Those are all big things. When I say ‘lucky,’ I use it as an expression for little things, like the number of pickles in my sandwich or how many power-ups someone has in Super Smash Bros.”

Well, guess what? God cares about how many pickles are on your sandwich today at lunch. He cares about whether the lady at Taco Bell put the right sauces in your bag. He knows whether or not your friend Gary is cheating at Pokemon Go.

Yes, Gary, the secret’s out.

It’s true, the fact that God has carefully thought your day out to the smallest detail almost deserves more praise than if He only planned out your large life events. I mean, seriously, can you remember how many pickles were on your last sandwich? What about Gary’s? And, uh, all 7.4 Billion people on this earth’s sandwiches?

So here’s a challenge. Stop saying luck.

“But wait, what should I say instead?”

I’m glad you asked. Here are five common “good luck” phrases and some decent replacements. But don’t memorize this list — it only matters if it comes from the heart.

  1. Good luck! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  God bless you!/God be with you!
  2. Wow, lucky! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  Congratulations!/God is good! Isn’t He?
  3. As luck would have it – – – – – – – – As God would have it… (Come on, that one’s easy…)
  4. I’m sooo lucky! – – – – – – – – – – – – – I’m sooo blessed!
  5. What luck! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  What a blessing!/Praise the Lord!

Give God the credit He deserves.

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