Most people going throughout their day will hear someone use the phrase, “good luck”.
Just today, I heard someone say this in regard to some situation. Later I heard a character in a movie say it. It’s common, and a phrase that’s been around a long time and used by pretty much everyone.
Have you ever thought about what luck is? Some would say it is good fortune, something special that happens that makes a situation better, some kind of favor. Webster defines luck this way: success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through ones’ own actions.
As a believer in Jesus, I’ve chosen never to use this phrase.
It seems to be a phrase that deletes God from the situation. People at times aren’t compelled to give God credit in their life. Maybe they don’t know Him personally, yet.
Some followers of Jesus may not give Him credit because they feel bad for being blessed when someone near them may be suffering. That is wrong thinking, but a different topic.
Other followers of Jesus may just say it because they’ve always said it. Maybe this writing can enlighten that person.
One might hear, “I got lucky” as if there was a chance involved and their chance came.
The way I see it, luck leaves God out of some rather large situations in life. You never hear people say, “good luck doing your laundry” or “good luck painting your nails.” No. Luck is invoked on big situations like making a deal, opening a business, or going to court. Would having the ability to purchase a vehicle, or closing on a lovely home really be attributed to luck? How about finding out you don’t have a medical condition? To invoke luck in so many big situations seems to me to be prideful.
So why is acknowledging the One from whom all blessings flow appropriate?
- it gives you an opportunity to practice humility
- it’s an effective witness to those around you
- God honors those who honor Him