Bad Luck

CasinoA force that seems to operate for ill in a person’s life, the shaping of our circumstances, events, or opportunities

Don’t let good luck fool you or bad luck frighten you.   Russian Proverb.  

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.  Seneca

Good and bad luck is but a syndrome, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment. Paul Chatfield

We say we are unlucky when bad things happen. It can be easy to get paranoid and believe we have been unfairly signaled out. Bad luck can really pile up on us, but much of our so called “bad luck” is self-imposed.

Let us discuss two aspects of bad luck. There is the bad luck that we helped to create, and there is bad luck that can truly be called bad luck. Much of our “bad luck” is the result of bad choices and reaping what we sow. How many of us have made foolhardy choices and tried to take unwise shortcuts, gone against good advice, or let things go that needed addressing? How many times do we brings about our bad luck? If we never change the oil in our cars, forget to pay our bills on time or pay money for something that was too good to be true; we will likely experience “bad luck” as a result. We are too often our own worst enemy. We often try to escape our personal responsibility by blaming others or even blaming bad luck. If we pay attention and use common sense, many of these bad things can be prevented; we bring them on by our unwise actions and lack of responsibility.

There are times when bad things happen as random occurrences. Being a victim in a tornado or hurricane, a car accident, a victim of a crime; are all occasions where it can be said we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bad things can definitely happen to us. Every day as we live our lives we expose ourselves to the odds that something may happen that can be considered to be bad luck. The longer we live, the more active we are, the greater the likelihood. We cannot predict these things and there is little that we can do to totally avoid such bad luck. If we are truly a victim of this kind of bad luck, we must go on with our lives and keep moving forward.

The things to remember are: 1. be smart and use common sense to minimize the bad luck we cause ourselves; 2. when truly bad luck does come our way, get over it, and move on with life. If we can reduce the bad things we cause to ourselves, we will do much to improve our lives.

Challenge:  The big opportunity is to minimize the bad luck you may be bringing to yourself by making better choices. You can be more careful, smarter, patient, and wise. These are things for which you have some control. Fewer steps taken backward helps you to move more forward. Consider places in your life where you are too careless or negligent. Resolve to do things which will reduce the bad luck you cause to yourself. Think smartly.

Wisdom: I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck. Henry Ward Beecher

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Is it human nature to look outside of ourselves as the source of our problems. It is easier to point our finger at others than to turn it around to point directly to us. It is not so easy to directly look into a mirror to see the source of most of our problems. We are always our own worst enemies. This is basic human nature. In order to rise above our human condition it takes the direct and personal intervention of God. We must ask Him to help us.

Prayer: Help me to see myself as I truly am. Please enable me to use your love and power to make me better.

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