I am not the sort of person that dabbles in luck. [Knock on wood] When something looks like a good gamble to me, I run from it as fast as I can. If it appears too good to be true, believe me, it probably isn’t correct.
Luck hasn’t been a friend of mine. The only luck I’ve ever had in life is when I tricked a young woman into saying,”I do.” That was 47 years ago and I have never had a luckier moment since. Every year I appreciate that lucky moment more.
Aside from that, I’m not on the lucky side of the road.
It is not that I would not appreciate a blessed moment every now and again. It’s just that I am not the lucky kind of a person that gets that kind of thing.
My father taught me that life is not built on fortune, but rather on hard work. Then he would send me to the backyard to do the mowing. Looking back on that circumstance, I think he was pretty lucky I did not know what he was talking about and went and mowed the grass for him.
I tried this in my son once and he came back and said,”Dad, the mower is broken I can not get it started.” Lucky for him.
I do not know why people are so interested in fortune. Whenever I visit a convenience store, there is a long line behind the lottery ticket counter buying their ticket to the week.
1 time I stood back and watched people buy their lottery ticket and everyone’s impression was that they believed that it was their lucky day and this was their lucky number.
I stopped one person and asked,”Do you buy lottery tickets often?”
He then chuckled as he showed me his latest lottery ticket.
He looked at me and his smile evaporated and he mumbled,”Never.”
As I thought about that, I started to realize how lucky the lottery was that there were so many people that did not have any chance whatsoever except bad luck.
I begin to figure how much it would cost a year to buy lottery tickets weekly. It was rather an remarkable amount and I began to think how much bad luck really cost people.
It is lucky for me that I do not play the lottery because all I’d experience is bad luck.
A young friend of mine was telling me that he had no chance in the relationship compartment of his life. “All I have,” he complained, “is bad luck when it comes to dating.”
Then he explained he was going to try his luck at one of those online dating programs. I am totally unfamiliar with that sort of thing, but he explained that it might be his lucky day if he just went in that direction. “Who knows,” he smiled, “I just might get lucky.”
Six months later, I saw him at the mall and ask him how his fortune was with the online dating service.
I thought about this for a minute. Which is worse bad luck; the lottery or the online dating service?
Although I’m not an expert along this line, I think the greatest bad luck would be in the lottery.
As I processed these things, it occurred to me that I have been a rather lucky dude, in my own time.
I had been thinking of all the money I saved from not playing the lottery. That brought a grin to my face. Not losing money is quite a blessed thing as far as I am concerned. I love to think of myself as fairly fugal when it comes to money.
Another thing my father said,”A penny saved is a penny earned.” I think I understand where he got that saying. But when looking at it, it’s very lucky to save a penny. Each time I go past the lottery window in the convenience store, I count my lucky stars that I am not having bad luck today.
My friend had no chance at the online dating service. I, on the contrary, had all the luck in the world when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said to me,”I do.” I do not know anybody luckier than me in this respect.
Now, I don’t want this to return to her, I’m hoping you will keep my little secret, but every day of my life I’m blessed to have her in my life.
I must confess that I don’t believe she’s as lucky as I am. After all, I do have a mirror in the bathroom. But I am lucky that she does not take me to task with that one.
Thinking about this I recalled what David said in one of his Psalms. “For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance” (Psalm 21:6).
Thinking about this a bit more, I don’t consider myself lucky. I consider myself to be blessed beyond words.