Lessons from the Links

Today, I had the opportunity to go see some of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN. I fell in love with golf about 4 years ago when a friend of mine convinced me to go play a round with him. Golf is one of the most challenging things that I have ever tried in my life, and that is why I love it.

I never really payed attention to golf as teen or in my early 20s. I always made fun of it, thought it was stupid, and never even wanted to try it. When I went a played that first round, I realized why people loved the game. It is challenging. It is frustrating. But the reward of satisfaction of hitting that one good shot is enough to keep trying replicate that feeling.

Anyways, since that first round, I have watched more of the professional golfers to see if I could learn anything from them. I also have had the opportunity to go see them play in person twice.

I was thinking about what I could write about today and I decided to write about what I saw today while I was at the golf course.

Being a professional tournament, they had it roped off where you could walk and where you couldn’t walk. You could make the choice off going underneath the ropes and being where you shouldn’t be, but you would probably be escorted off of the property and you will miss the tournament. Being at the tournament today, reminded me of the Christian life and how God has marked our pathway for us. He has given us the King James Bible to guide us where we should go and where we shouldn’t go. When we try to go our own way and get off track, we will have to pay the punishment for our mistakes. These choices may set us back in our service for Christ and what we should have been doing for Him.

Another thing I noticed is that no matter who the golfer was or how good they were, they all faced the same hazards. Whether it was the water or the sand traps or the rough or even the tall weeds, every golfer had to avoid them. In the Christian life, whether you have been saved for one day or 40 years, you still have to avoid the same hazards or temptations. I like Proverbs 4:15 where it states “Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”  I know that this verse is talking about the path of the wicked, but let us take it apply it to those things that will draw us away from Christ. Let’s avoid the hazards of life that will keep you from reaching your goal.

The last thing I want to point out is the clubs in a golf bag. Each golfer has a set of clubs that he takes with him throughout the course and he uses different clubs for different situations. He has drivers, irons, wedges, a putter, and they all used differently. Do you realize that God made each one of us different and He has something special that He wants each one of us to accomplish. You are special to God and He has a task for you to accomplish while you are here on earth.

Just like golf is a challenge and it isn’t easy, the same goes with the Christian life. There will be bad shots that will make you want to give up and quit, but the good shots are what will keep you going! Just keep swinging! Just keep serving!

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