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Monday, 5 September 2016

The Parallel Line Between This Two

Sometimes we want to panel beat these two words for each other. We want to malign them and make them seem that they are different in every way, including their meanings.
We often refer them as brothers. Well, they might be and also may not be. But one has more prowess than the other.

Let's look at the first one.

What's LUCK?
Luck is success or failure apparently brought by chance rather
than through one's own actions. Luck is also a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favorably or unfavorably for an individual, group or cause.

Where as, Luck can be good or bad.
Luck can be accident or chance.
Luck applies to a sentient being.

Luck could mean many things to you depending on your area of sight. You might choose to see it as life itself. Or life being fair to you. You might want to describe luck as a no man's world. A sojourner that moves at its own will. It could be with you in less than a minute and will cause an event to look fruitful. But then when you try your hands on it again, it suddenly disappears. And the utterance "oh! How lucky I was spits out from your mouth". That's just the obvious signs.
You would have one way or the other come across a lottery shop or game. Their watchword is
"luck". If you think you can be lucky enough to win this grand prize, come and play. And then they go further to say "you can try your luck. It just might come out well".

The ancient Greeks and Romans used to worship luck in the form of the goddess Fortuna. Her name even became another word for luck,
‘fortune’. In the locals here in Nigeria, I know of people who often go the extra miles to look for luck. Still citing the lottery as an example. They would do all that it costs to get it. They don't care the number of times they would roam about looking for what's not lost.
Luck can be used in different expressions. A couple who have been married and eventually get separated would reminisce about the good days. How they both worked to get each other's love and all. And eventually when they will cap their words, they say "I was only lucky to HAVE had her/him". Which means it was just for a period of time till they realized they couldn't go on or cope. Luck doesn't last forever. And if it does, it doesn't come always at a good will. Seeking luck is closely connected to superstitions.

The other half and better side of this is what I will be pointing out soon. What some of many of us call the brother.

A blessing, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, is the act or words of one that blesses, or a thing conducive to happiness or welfare. In the Bible, there are several words that are usually translated as blessing or bless. The Hebrew word most often translated bless is barak, which can mean to praise, congratulate, or salute, and is even used to mean a curse. God isn't alone who does the blessing. He's the most superior who blesses, but then blessings could come from anyone. When Rebecca left her family to become Isaac's wife, her family blessed her saying "may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the gates of their enemies.” [Gen 24:60]

Also we wants to all grow and in the cause of our growth, we desire our parents' blessings so much that we do everything right just for them to pronounce unto us that good will that's in the bosom of their heart. We don't do this and expects our parents blessings as luck. As a matter of fact, it doesn't sound right in your ears. When Isaac was about to die, he pronounced blessings to his son, Jacob.

Blessing is an automatic action that follows us wherever and happens to us whenever. It's not like luck that decides to stay where it wishes and who it pleases. Our creator, our Lord God has blessed us right from the creation of the earth. He pronounced to us to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. So why then would you say anyone is barren in the land? Would you bear a child and say "I was lucky to have this child?". I guess not. No matter the circumstance(s) that would have paraded the child at birth, looking at the pains you went through, having the child as luck would be the last word to spit out. Blessing is happiness. Is there anyone who is blessed and won't be happy? Or would be blessed on temporary basis? Only if you did anything to warrant such. But then, we are the apple of God's eyes.

blessing is very different from the idea of luck. God is
Lord of the world. A
blessing asks for His Divine Protection and help. Whereas luck can be good or bad, a blessing is always good. God’s care for us and the world is called Divine Providence. This concern for us is grounded in love, and is personal and real. Those who do not know God are trapped in a world that is full of fears and evil forces that they try to manipulate with magic and superstition. Christians can look on life and not be afraid, for Christ has destroyed the power of evil. If we trust in Him and follow His ways, nothing can really harm us.

Why do we say GOD BLESS YOU?
If someone sneezes or does something very good, we often hear someone say, “God bless you!” This is a phrase that asks the Lord to protect you, keep you in good health, make you holy, and fill your life with good and happiness. It is the very best thing we can want for someone. We often see everywhere on social media platforms how couples celebrate themselves in every good word of expression they can. And at the end they say "I was blessed to have him/her".

Did I bore you with this whole magnitude of grammar? Well, we just have to be sure and not just sure enough but to know what we are saying.


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