March is a defining moment for those of us desiring for a break from winter. Spring is SUPPOSED to happen in March. March Madness occurs with countless basketball fans filling out brackets in hopes of predicting the champion. St Patrick's Day occurs with some celebrating St Patrick and many others dreaming about beer and leprechauns.
The problem isn't leprechauns. It is what we often associate them with: luck. How often have you heard "how lucky" someone was for something good that occurred in their life? We treat it like the stars have aligned because we have a matching piece on our Monopoly game piece at McDonald's.
Luck is something we like to throw into our lives, but this is not biblical. We are called to be people of faith, not luck. Luck means you just experienced that promotion at work or the joy of parenthood---just because. Luck diminishes our human abilities and God's sovereignty. Luck underhandedly says the following: "your hard work and faith mean nothing, and God is some distant deity watching you on closed circuit TV".
God does care about us and therefore He invites us into Kingdom work RIGHT NOW! Kingdom work happens the moment we accept Him instead our lives. Death is not when we start furthering God's Kingdom. We are called to do the ministry of God now and this happens when we love others and guide them to freedom from their bondage.
God is also sovereign, and this squashes the aspect of luck. No one can explain how people win the lottery; however, faithful stewards of God's resources can easily be explained. God reigns whether people win the lottery or not. God reigns whether there is extreme wealth or poverty. The bigger concern is how we engage God in our daily lives.
Here are a few ideas for cultivating faith over luck:
Celebrate the successes of others.
Remind yourself that it took something (prayer, hard work) for someone to achieve anything significant.
God calls us to be faithful. Be faithful in giving of your time, talents, and even your money. It's not YOUR money anyways.
Know your role in God's Story. If you don't know, then reach out to a trusted friend or those of us here at Java and Jesus. We would love to help you.
May you have an awesome and faith-filled March. God bless.