Monday, April 30, 2007

What do you say?

Christian, what do you say when events go your way unexpectedly? When bad news turns out good, when you suddenly get the break at work you've been praying for, when more money comes in this month than you expected, how do you respond? Do you say, "I got lucky this time!" or do you thank God that "All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purposes"?

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

2 comments:

Sista Cala said...

Even believers who know that the blessing was from God, sometimes use expressions about luck. Perhaps it is just the influence of our culture. Or maybe they are just not fully conscious of the power of their words.

Milton Stanley said...

Good point.

Sometimes we use words like "lucky" without much thought or importance. I was trying to talk about something deeper--how Christians fail to see God's hand in our lives, even when we may have prayed for precisely what we received.

The term "what do you say" is a little bit of a play on words. In addition to being a legitimate question, it's also an oblique reference to what adults of my parents' generation used to say, pointedly, to their children when we failed to say "please" or "thank you."