something that you say which means something bad that has happened to someone else could have happened to you
For example, saying that I am blessed to have been born in America insinuates that people that are not born here are not blessed. Something similar can be said substituting the word "lucky" for "blessed". The difference, in my opinion, is the way that God is brought into the mix. To call being born in America a blessing is to say that people born there are more favored by God than those born in other places. It distorts the word "blessing".
That said, I do think that there are major differences between luck and blessing. I think that luck, good or bad, is an appropriate way to describe some of the random things that happen to us. Yet even in the midst of good or bad luck blessings can be found if we understand the idea of being blessed. Consider what Jesus Christ says about being blessed:
- "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
- "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."
- "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
- "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."