Golf is a lot like life.
If you’re a golfer, you already know what I mean. If you’ve never played golf, or played golf only a few times in your life, this statement will need a little explaining. Stay with me, I promise you’ll understand it better towards the end.
As a kid, maybe 8 or 9 years old, I trailed my dad and my uncles around the public links in Andrews, Texas. These crazy men would get up before daybreak, reach the links when my eyes were barely open, and the sun wasn’t up yet. They would tee off, play 9 holes, then go pay their fees at the clubhouse at “the turn.” Nobody rode carts then, except maybe the old farts. But 8 year-old-legs were not made for 27 to 36 holes of golf in a day. I loved every minute of it though.
Now I am the old fart. This cartoon captures innocently enough the round of golf with my father-in-law last week.
By the way, I’m the bow-legged guy on the right, but I don’t have that much hair!
Years ago I had Lasic surgery on my eyes, so I can see down the fairway quite a distance. While I helped Bob see where his ball went several times, he would always try to get in my head about the hazards of my next shot, or the difficulty of the hole.
Getting old isn’t very fun, unless you’re doing something you really love to do.
I gained some clarity about this over the weekend, as I began to evaluate what was important to me in this life.
In golf, the integrity of the game is maintained as each player calls penalties on himself, rather than pointing out other player’s infractions. That’s what yesterday’s blog post was really all about, “owning it” you might say.
In golf, every day, whether on the same golf course, or on a golf course you’ve never played before… every round offers new opportunities to succeed or fail to make a good score.
In golf, as Ben Hogan is famous for saying, “The most important shot… is the next one.”
Here’s the thing, in LIFE…
- The integrity of your character is owning your own sin, not pointing out someone else’s.
- Every day is a new opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life, and to bring God glory in doing this.
- Today, right now, this minute … is the equivalent of Ben Hogan’s “the next one.”
Now, here’s the clarity I found.
I enjoy these things today:
- playing golf
- teaching the Bible
- projects around the house
- being in love
- laughing and loving
And you don’t have to be young to do any of these things.
So, find the things you enjoy, the Grace that God extends to you every single day, and live!