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Are You Lucky or Blessed?

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


It is not unusual to hear people wishing others "Good Luck" when they are about to do something special such as going on an interview for a job, taking a test, or auditioning for a play. The term "Good Luck" is also offered on other occasions. The relevant question is: "Should Christians believe in luck?


What Is Luck?

Luck is defined as "a force that brings good or bad." Luck is success or failure that comes about by chance rather than through one's own actions. It can also be defined as the accidental way something comes about without being planned. Luck is not something the person has any control over.

Carl Jung coined the term "luck." He described it as "a meaningful coincidence." Being lucky is meeting with unforeseen good things such as success and prosperity. Those who leave things entirely up to luck want to be rewarded not by something they have done but by happenstance. In other words, they trust strongly in getting something without preparing for it.


What Is a Blessing?

While luck can be good or bad, a blessing is always good. Therefore, it is always good to prefer a blessing instead of depending on luck. God's blessing is a sure thing.

Christians have something better than luck. They can trust God instead of a slot machine or a lottery ticket. Christians are blessed people who can believe God's promises of an abundant life rather than relying on random chances.

Alternative Expressions

There are some common expressions people can say instead of telling people "Good luck."

  • "God speed!"
  • "Best wishes."
  • "May the best come to you."
  • "Live long and prosper!"
  • "May God be with you."
  • "Blessings to you."

Examples of Being Lucky or Blessed

Larry King, the popular television talk show host, once aired a program where he interviewed some people who had survived dangerous situations. After the people told their stories King asked them a similar question, "Don't you think you are lucky to be alive." To King's surprise, they all answered him the same way.

The first interview was with a young man who had survived two days after he fell while hiking on a snow-covered mountain. He survived only because his younger brother hiked 21 miles in the deep snow to get help. At the end of the brothers' story, King asked the final interview question, "Do you think you are lucky to be alive?" Both brothers looked at each other and said in unison, "No, we were not lucky. We were blessed."

Another interview involved a woman who reported she was the sole survivor of an airplane crash. Her final interview question from Larry King was the same as he had asked the brothers. The woman's answer was the same as the brothers'. "No, I am not lucky. I am blessed to be alive."

A third interview was with a young man who had been mauled by a lion. During the attack, his face and part of his head had been ripped apart. However, he lived to tell about it. Mr. King did not change his question. He asked the young man the same question he had asked his other guests, "Do you think you are lucky to be alive?"

This young man said a little more than the others. He firmly said he did not think it was luck at all. He said he believed God was with him during the awful attack. He said he saw the face of Jesus in the face of the lion. Since the attack, the young became a believer and has been serving God since then. He turned to King and said boldly, "It wasn't luck at all. It was a blessing that I survived!"

What Do You Say When People Wish You Luck?

It is ingrained in some people's minds to say, "Good luck." You can't stop people from using that expression to you or to someone else, especially when they don't know the difference between being lucky and blessed. You can counteract their words by saying to yourself, "I am blessed."

When a person believes in luck, there is a chance something will happen as well as there is a chance something will not happen. On the other hand, being blessed is a sure thing that happens because of the grace of God.

Luck is based on chances that can be good or bad. Blessings are always the good things God has promised. Trust your heart and soul to the grace of God and not to random chances.

It is better to be blessed than to be lucky.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 07, 2020:

MG Singh from Singapore, thanks for reading my article and commenting on it. It is so wonderful that my words have reached so far from Richmond, Virginia to where you are. You have made my day.

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MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 06, 2020:

Very enlightening and interesting article

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 06, 2020:

Marissa, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my article about being lucky vs. being blessed. I am glad you learned something from the article.

I prefer trusting God whose blessings are always good rather than trusting my life to chance that could be either good or bad.

Marissa from Nigeria on July 06, 2020:

Wow, this is really enlightening. I had no idea lucky and blessings had so much difference and I feel like a lot of people need to know this. That way, they know that most things that happen in their life is as a result of God's blessings and not luck!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 05, 2020:

Doneta and manatita44, thanks for reading and commenting on my article.

manatita44 from london on July 05, 2020:

Grace is all in all. This is the message of all God-souls. You seem to be saying this. Well done!

Doneta Wrate from Michigan on July 05, 2020:

I do not believe in luck. I have put my life in God's hands and believe He guides in all things

Doneta Wrate from Michigan on July 05, 2020:

The Bible days to praise the Lord in all things. So God can turn even apparent misfortune into a blessing if you take it in faith from his hand,

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 05, 2020:

Eric, thanks for reading and commenting. I am careful with words because they have power and "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." Sometimes what is disguised as fun could be dangerous.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 05, 2020:

Nice piece, I ponder this. I have come to the conclusion that when I might say good luck -- it means may you be blessed. And people who know me know that is what I mean.

But luck is fun, not serious. I think it really is just meant for funny tales.

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