I would be willing to bet, at some point today, you heard someone say one of these phrases…
He’s lucky! It’s my lucky day! I wish I was lucky! That was all lucky! Lucky you! Good luck!
I’ve noticed people put a lot of value in luck. Everyone wants it, and lots of people are jealous of those who seem to have it!
Well, it’s YOUR lucky day today friends! I’m going to show you how to get lucky…. Or, if you’re familiar with my writings, you may already know what I’m REALLY going to do is try and show you another perspective of what luck really is…..
Sometimes we see people who one day had nothing, was a nobody, nothing going on, and then it seems in an instant they’re famous!! Such as, maybe there is band you had never heard of before and now everytime you turn on the radio that’s all you hear!! And people always say, man that band was an overnight success!! Or an actor who you had never seen is in everything now! Wow! An instant celebrity! Or let’s even take it to our level… A guy at work gets a huge promotion over you… He was so lucky! Or the girl at school who made the team and you didn’t, she must have just been lucky… These things happen all the time and I’m constantly reading on Facebook and Twitter about how jealous people are of other people’s “luck”.
But God has been teaching me something… And it’s so basic that we should all recognize this, but we miss it so often in our everyday lives… When we see someone become a success, to us, it happened in that instant. But to them, they may have worked for years for that moment to finally happen! What you and I just called luck, they may call perseverance. Or persistence.
Let me show you an awesome example of what I’m talking about… Last year in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr caught an amazing, one handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys and he scored a touchdown. This catch looked nearly impossible! It was an unbelievable catch!
For weeks and weeks people talked about that catch. ESPN talked about it constantly! Everyone was saying what a lucky catch that was, and they can’t believe he got so lucky!!!
But what a lot of people didn’t see, was before the game, they were also filming Odell Beckham practice. Take a look at this video HERE.
This was nothing new to Odell!!! This is how he practiced! This was something he had worked and worked and worked to be able to do!!!
But we don’t see what goes on day in and day out. We don’t see that band that’s on the radio play in crapy bars for 5 years working and writing songs until someone finally notices them. We don’t see that girl who made the cheer team practice back flips and cartwheels all day every day in her back yard. We don’t see the guy who got the promotion coming in to work early and staying late. All we see is the moment of glory when they finally get the reward they have been working so hard for, and then we call it luck!!
So I want to tell some of you who have been consistent, who have been faithfully serving God, you may be looking and waiting for that moment for God to bless you or show up in your life and make something happen. And I want to encourage you, don’t stop what your doing! Your time is coming! What feels like hard work and a struggle today is going to turn in to an amazing moment for you, and people are going to say, you’re so lucky!! I wish I was lucky like that! And you can tell them, it’s not luck! It’s God!! It was dedication, hard work and perseverance!!
God wants to give you everything! He wants to bless you beyond your imagination, but you have to be prepared and ready to handle it. He is the gardener, and to get you ready for the calling and blessing he has for your life He has to do some pruning first. It may not feel good at the time, it might sting sometimes, but the fruit you will bare because of it, will make people want to ask, how did you get so lucky? Then you will have an amazing story to share about how awesome your God is.
I have dreams and I know I’m called to preach some day. I plan to preach to arenas and millions of people. But this year the largest crowd I’m preached to was maybe 25. I preached a sermon to 14 kids not long ago. I read my Bible for hours and write blogs and lessons that God teaches me that maybe 50 people will read or maybe no one will read. Some days I cry to God and I tell him, this is not what I had had in mind when I accepted what you’ve called me to do. When I told you I would serve you.
But then I remember… I have to go through the pruning, the learning, the practice, the struggles so that when the day comes, that God puts me in the place he’s called me to be, when he delivers on the promise he made I’ll be ready for it! And I hope someone says, he’s an overnight success!
It makes all the since in the world to me now when I read what James said,
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
So to those of you are are with me where I’m at in my life right now, I say, don’t give up! Let’s stay dedicated to the cause! Our “LUCKY” day is coming! And the best part is, when your luck is actually Gods blessing and favor, it will actually last, be permanent, and sustain you!!
YOUR SUCCESS IS ONLY AS SUSTAINABLE AS YOUR SOURCE!!
If your source is Jesus, you just found a way to make your entire life lucky, from now until eternity.
God is good.