#12: 155 yard cover, 165 yards to the pin. Apple Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay down in the Hill Country of central Texas is a challenge for even the low handicap strikers of the golf ball. That said, even a mid teen handicap, like myself, found this hole mesmerizing. After waiting on the tee box for the green to clear, I promptly put my first ball in the water, short and right. “Splish splash I was taking a bath!” Not to be beaten, I teed up again and put the second on the green, and two putted for double bogey. The photo above helps gain some perspective of just how difficult this game really is. While the whole golf course at Apple Rock offered a great vacation experience, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to play this course as my “home” course. It is definitely not for the faint of heart.
At times my life seems captured in this imagine of a daunting tee shot. Much of what I face today is so challenging, there are days when I think “why bother?” Hazards and pitfalls loom at every turn, people and relationships can be dangerous and fraught with peril at the slightest twitch. But my life is no different than yours, right? You feel this way too at times, I’m sure. Life itself is not for the faint of heart. So how do we step up to the tee, throw down a ball, and gain the courage to go where God intends us to go?
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
If I fail, then I fail, and I tee it up again… with a confidence that with the help of God I can do this.
I did it last week at Apple Rock.
I’ll do it again today, in real life… the life that counts… for God.
[I took this photo on 11/1/2017 around noon. Gorgeous day, lots of fun!]