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Ecclesiates 9:11
I returned and saw under the sun that -
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.

I've stared a new book called Fooled By Randomness - The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and In Life. From his backgound as a Wall Street trader, the author (MBA, PhD) discusses the role luck plays in success. He suggests that the people who are paraded as geniuses are often the beneficiaries of fortunate circumstance, not superior intellect or strategy implementation. He attempts to support this view with mathamaticl equations and theories. I'm only on chapter 2, but thus far it's made for some interesting reading.

Little did I know that "the Preacher" in Ecclesiates held a similar view. There is a side to me that embraces the "Life Happens" philosophy. That even w/in the will of God we are subject to circumstances beyond our control that may benefit or hinder. Time and chance happen to them all. I'm comfortable with this this, just as I am with "Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ..." (2 Corinthians 2:14). How can I hold these view? Because I believe God's purpose for me is to conform me to the likeness of His Son. (Romans 8:29) I believe God is not limited by my circumstances. Instead he chooses to work within them for my good, accomplishing his purpose for me. (Romans 8:28)

So it doesn't matter if I'm lucky or not. It also means I'm not limited to my own abilities or skill. I'm free from comparing myself to others. And I'm able to see how God is working in my life.

Lord, thank You for working within the circumstances of my life.

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