So I’ve been on a bit of a “winning streak” in recent days. Like last year, I won free haircuts for a year from “Fantastic Sam’s”. I won a free membership to Sam’s Club. And honestly, I won something else relatively sizable, but I can’t remember what it was! (My memory is horrible and I’ll ask Courtney later and she can tell me what it was. When it comes to me and “memory”, think “The Notebook.”)
Anyway…on Monday, I got to play in a charity golf tournament for NC Alzheimer’s. Our foursome one the “putting contest” and got a chance at making four different putts to win $1250 each if we made the putt. The putts were from around 50 feet, not likely to be made. My putt just trickled past the whole, and then my buddy Mark went next, and no joke, his putting was tracking for the whole. It looked dead center and we were sure we had the $1250 in hand when it lipped out past the hole. Unbelievable.
Also, while I was on the golf course, I got a call from an unknown number that I let go to voicemail. Turns out, it was 99.9 The Fan calling to say I had won 4 tickets to an advance showing of the new “Lone Ranger” movie. Whoo-who! Winner, winner chicken dinner.
Well, I can’t go to the movie, so I offered up the tickets on Facebook, and a friend commented, “You win everything!” Honestly, before last year, I pretty much had a 40 year losing streak at winning games of chance. But I have been on a bit of a winning streak lately.
Which leads me to the point of this already way to long post – one of the reasons I’m winning is that I’m actually putting myself in position to win things by entering. I can’t win if I don’t enter, which is why I’ve never won the lottery. But it reminded of the spiritual principle of “putting ourselves in the way of blessing.”
If I want to experience God’s blessing, I’ve got to position myself in the way of his blessing. God has given us all kinds of means of grace, ie, the spiritual disciplines, like prayer, worship, bible intake, fasting, etc. And when I put these means into practice, I am putting myself in the way of God’s blessing. The disciplines don’t guarantee certain outcomes, but when get myself positioned in God’s path, the “blessings” will surely come my way.