Make Your Own Luck


        Perhaps you don’t believe in luck, but destiny is hard to dismiss- especially if you are a Christian. Each and every one of us has a destiny and a calling on our lives. I believe your destiny is that dream you feel burning in your heart, that yearning that you can’t quite quench. Sometimes we bury that desire deep down because of fear of rejection or failure. If you’re thinking, “Okay Crystal, another post about dream chasing?” I hear ya, but I believe God calls me to write about dreams often to encourage His people to relentlessly run after the path He has called them pursue.

          Maybe we need to be reminded of our our purpose often, because we live in a world today who praises money and power. So much so that as a culture we forget to treasure life’s greatest gifts- our families, our talents, and our time. Time is one of the most valuable assets you have. You only get one precious life. I was in a meeting this past week where the speaker said, “You know that saying time is money? That’s not a true statement. You can make more money, but you can never make more time.” How we decide to spend our time is how we decide what’s important in our lives. Time is the asset in which we design the life we want to live. God honors the time we spend wisely.

           Personally, I don’t believe in luck as much as I believe God opens doors when he feels we are ready to take the next step in our journey. We are responsible for choosing to pursue Him in our walk with Christ and listen to how He would have us take our next steps. If you feel a dream or desire in your heart but you don’t feel you are getting any traction, He may be getting into a position for a breakthrough. If we get desperate enough, we won’t give up until you make our dream happen. Motivation that stems from brokenness drives us like nothing else.

         We went to dinner with some friends a couple weeks ago, and we were talking about hopes and dreams, not only for ourselves but also for our children. I told them I believe anything is possible if you never give up. If you set your mind to something, eventually you will turn it into reality. Not 3 minutes later did I open a fortune cookie that read, “Endurance and persistence will be rewarded.” I don’t believe in fortune cookies, but I do believe God sends us affirmations in different ways. I have kept that message in my purse ever since to remind me that God will honor our efforts. 2 Timothy 2:12 says, “For this reason I will suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”

            If you need encouragement today, take heart in the passage of 2 Timothy. Verse 14 says “That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.” Whatever your hopes, dreams, desires- commit them to God. He says “I will not leave you nor forsake you,” Joshua 1:5. He does not disappoint his children.

        When God begins to open doors for you that no man can shut (Revelation 3:8), people may call it luck. Smile knowing that God opened those doors for you, because you put your faith in Him and were persistent. Stand on 2 Chronicles 15:7 “But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

                              -OX Crystal

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