Are we blessed to be lucky or lucky to be blessed? Many think these terms are interchangeable. But doesn’t a Christian thank providence, not chance? At the beginning of my book, Why on Earth Homeschool, I used the word luck many times. However, I’ve been convicted while thinking about it and have decided I don’t like the word.
I guess I see it as ungrateful to God. It’s like saying to the person who shouts me coffee, “Wasn’t I lucky to get a coffee. What fortune! What chance!” How much more does this apply to God, who is the Maker and Creator of everything?
Perhaps this word harkens back to Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Here Darwin discounts the idea of a sovereign Creator and instead invokes Chance as his God. Or maybe Darwin becomes his own god (and every man becomes his own god) if a sovereign God exits the scene.
I’ve wondered if I’m just being a bit pedantic. Am I being legalistic in insisting this is the way? Or if I admire the word ‘lucky’, am I being a blind follower of secular culture?
What do you think?