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You’re Not Lucky

You’re Not Lucky

Do your children sometimes talk about being lucky? Perhaps that is mentioned more when March arrives and everything turns green. With the change of hue and the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, the word “luck” is often uttered over and over. Four leaf clovers and other tokens are spotted on the shelves of stores and people sometimes search for luck in unlikely places.

It’s hard to believe, but none of it matters. You’re not lucky. Your good fortune doesn’t come from luck, nor ever will. It comes from God.

James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

When we begin to recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from God—not from luck—we begin to have a deeper appreciation for the gifts we have, and for the giver of those gifts.

As our families go through the month of March with all those green St. Paddy’s Day reminders, let’s encourage everyone to focus their eyes not on looking for luck, but on recognizing our Heavenly Father and His gifts.

When we spend more time in thankful gratitude, our children will notice. They, too, will begin to thank the Father of heavenly lights and not their “lucky stars”.

Let’s help our children acknowledge and appreciate the gifts in their lives by openly praising God for His provisions. Let’s be conscious of our words, saying things like, “Thank you, God, for this opportunity!” as opposed to, “I’m so lucky to have this opportunity.”

We need to model praise to our children in both good times and difficult ones. God’s good and perfect gifts come in many forms. Praising Him through the gifts we love, and for those we didn’t ask for, encourages our children to do the same.

Look for moldable moments to remind your children frequently that they don’t have to rely on luck in life, because they can always rely on God. He will not leave us, and James 1:17 reminds us He does not change like shifting shadows.

Luck is fleeting. God is not.

You’re not lucky. Your children aren’t lucky either. You are treasured by the Almighty Father and he sends us His good and perfect gifts.

By: Angela Jamison is a mother of five young children who can’t rely on luck in the chaos of her life. God’s grace and perfect gifts have allowed her to be a foster and adoptive mother who loves encouraging other parents. When not with her own children, Angela Jamison is the director of a Christian preschool and enjoys reading and writing. To learn more about Angela, visit her blog at www.angelajamison.com, follow her on Twitter @AngJamison04, Instagram @AngJam731, or on Facebook @barrenbutblessed.

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