Footsteps in Faith: Having faith in God is better than relying on Lady Luck to bring you joy

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Kelly Porter
Family Life Chaplain, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii



Twenty-two years ago, my high school drama department performed the Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls.”

The story follows the travails of Nathan Detroit and his floating craps game in New York City.

Broke and desperate for cash to perpetuate the game, he makes a wager of sorts with high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson. If you’ve never seen the production, I will let you discover for yourself how the plot unfolds.

I was not in the production, but I still remember the music and the lines from the gambler’s lament: “They call you Lady Luck, but there is room for doubt. At times, you have a very un-lady-like way of running out. You’re on this date with me. The pickin’s have been lush, and, yet, before the evening is over, you might give me the brush. You might forget your manners. You might refuse to stay, and so the best that I can do is pray. Luck be a lady tonight. Luck be a lady tonight.”

Nathan Detroit lived his life by chance, literally. Luck dictated everything he did. As a result, he acted impulsively, unscheduled, without direction or purpose. He might as well been a leaf blown here and there by the wind.

Have you had a Nathan Detroit kind of life? Have you relied on unknown, impersonal forces to make life decisions?

2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

This year, don’t leave your joy up to chance. Find joy in the amazing God who offers his grace.

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