I believe in the Holy Spirit
“With a little luck, we can make this whole damn thing work out.”
Sorry, Sir Paul, that’s not how it works.
Luck, that sort of vague term equated with good fortune, is thrown about regularly in everyday conversation, although we don’t really know what luck is, where it comes from, or whether it’s actually real.
It’s anybody’s guess whether luck really exists. Same with coincidence, serendipity, and all those terms for the good things that happen to us for no apparent reason.
What does exist, though, is the love of God, manifested in our lives through the Holy Spirit. As Christians, it’s our duty to give honor to God for the favor extended to us, rather than vague phenomena such as luck. The things that we call luck, coincidence, or serendipity are all manifestations of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.
I’ve even stopped saying, “Good luck.” If the kids have a big test or an interview coming up, I’ll say, “Do your best,” “I know you’ll do well,” or “I’m praying for you,” rather than “Good luck.”
The Holy Spirit is a powerful presence and has the potential to do great things in our lives, if we only cooperate with that power.
What does that cooperation look like? Here are a few examples:
- Prayer. Include in your daily routine a prayer to the Holy Spirit, asking for the wisdom to know God’s will in your life and the strength to carry out that will.
- Openness. Cooperation with the Holy Spirit means being open to the Spirit’s promptings.
- Discernment. Determining the promptings of the Holy Spirit requires discernment. Like many things in the spiritual life, discernment is a practice that needs to be developed. Pray for discernment.
- Obedience. Once you’ve discerned what the Spirit is calling you to do. ask for the fortitude, perseverance, and courage to carry it out. Sometimes we’re not clear about what God wants us to do. At other times, it’s very clear, but because of sloth, fear, or downright stubbornness, we don’t carry it out. It’s a tragedy – and a sin – when we know what God wants and don’t do it.
If you follow these practices, will your life be filled with good fortune? No. But when those good things do happen to you, you’ll know where to give the credit.