Daily Post: Synchronize
Being out-of-sync is the bane of good golf, and has spiritual applications for life as well. Let me show you what I mean.
Out-of-sync in the golf swing usually means your arms and body are swinging independent of one another, or “disconnected.” This swing fault is the culprit of many foul words, thrown clubs, and lost strokes on the course. The disconnected out-of-sync swing can be resolved if you’ll do three simple things.
First, learn to hinge your right hand (for right handed golfers) early. To fix a late, or no-hinge in your right hand, address the ball with the club, then take you right hand of the grip, and put your right hand up under your left armpit and hold it there. Without your right hand on the grip, it should be easy to hinge the club up.
Second, with your right hand under your left armpit pull back with your right arm and feel your body move to the right and behind the ball. You’ll have the sensation that your weight moves more onto your right leg, stabilizing your swing.
Third, as you begin the downswing, hold the tension in your left side as you drop the club downwards toward the ball to unwind your hips. This move allows you to remain tight and connected, the arms and body working together to strike the ball. This sensation is a synchronized swing which results in crisply hit, powerful golf shots.
Ok, that’s the golf application. Now what does the Bible have to say about an out-of-sync life, and how to fix it?
Sometimes we are so busy doing “spiritual” things, that we don’t have a clue about how out of sync with God we really are. Discovering the cause of this disconnectedness with God can often be revealed by examining our spiritual search activities. Prayer is like the right (dominant) hand in golf. How we pray can be a real eye opener for us.
Sometimes we mistake defiance for devotion. We argue with God about something instead of surrendering to God’s will. Sometimes we just refuse to look and see the results that demonstrate how clearly we are wrong.
In my spiritual search for connection with God today, I discovered these questions posed by Oswald Chambers:
“Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want, while refusing to pay someone what I owe him? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? Have I refused to forgive someone, and have I been unkind to that person? Have I been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends?”
How do we fix things, when we are spiritually out-of-sync?
First, don’t just take your right hand off; take both hands off your life and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus.
Second, move back and away from your own earthly agendas and spiritual measuring. With your hands removed from manipulating your life, and your willingness to move back or forward at God’s will, you are poised to be closer to God than ever before.
Third, embrace the tension, trial, or circumstance of the place where you are this minute, and trust the Spirit of God to lead you. This place is THE place where you may discover just how in-sync you are with the Spirit of God, who always has your BEST in mind.
For in Him we live and move and exist.
1 Corinthians 2:9
Just as it is written:
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”