Lucky? Or Blessed?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I used to always say "I'm lucky to ...be healthy, have great friends, have good kids, have a job that is really flexible..."
You know what I mean. I have always counted the good things in my life with a sense of deep appreciation.
Recently, instead of saying I'm lucky, I told myself "I am blessed..."
And it occurred to me that lucky and blessed imply two different things.
Lucky means it happened, nothing I did contributed to the outcome and the results were random.
Blessed means I was chosen by God, who loves me, to receive something fortunate, like healthy children, or that God's grace has rewarded my efforts with the blessing.
God sees that I appreciate my body and take measures to take care of it and rewards me with good health. God sees that I put in many, many hours at work, doing the best job I could and at times making great personal sacrifices (like cutting my maternity leave short and going back to work when my son was only four weeks old, when my boss was diagnosed with cancer, for he had greater problems than I) and God rewarded me with a job that truly allows me to put family first now, and allows me time to do the volunteer work I love, so that I can be a blessing to others.
I don't ever want to be 'the luckiest girl in the world'- I owe my life more accountability than that.
I will continue to do the best I can and I will treasure my blessings!