Golf is one of my favorite sports.
They say out of all of the golfers in the US, 77% are male. No offense to women, but golf is a men’s sport.
No wonder they called it golf… Guys Only Ladies Forbidden (just kidding, I don’t think that what it really means.)
Like any game, golf consists of multiple aspects. From choosing the right equipment, to using the right club depending upon weather variables, golf can get very complicated at times.
I’ve been playing the game since I was 5 years old. My dad used to bring me out in the yard and coach me on my swing every evening. I always looked forward to the weekends so that my dad and I could go out to the course and play a round.
My dad always told me that golf is the hardest sport to be good at. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I can assure you it’s not easy.
If my dad taught me anything about golf, it would be these two principals:
Play against the course, not other people. The course already has a score of 72. Can you beat that?
My dad always said “Son, you are not good enough to be mad at yourself when you make a bad shot.”
My dad has always been really good at golf. He can take a one year break, get up, and out-drive me any day.
It wasn’t until recently that I actually beat him in a fair match. He then proceeded to remind me that I didn’t beat the course, though.
My dad also taught me some other important aspects of the game that I’ve transposed to my walk with Christ.
My dad always says that you never get better on the course. It’s only after you go to the driving range, and the chipping, and putting greens where you get better.
As Christians we expect our walk to be strengthened if we only go to church every Sunday. That may satisfy you, just as playing a round of golf satisfies me, but that’s not how you get better.
Jesus has called us to more than church; He’s called us to an abundant life of more and more of Him.
Small groups, discipleship, mission trips, and serving your neighborhood are just a few examples on how to strengthen you walk with Christ. One of the most foundational ways you can increase your faith life is by reading your Bible and praying consistently.
Just like in golf, if you don’t stay disciplined in the Word and in prayer (the fundamentals), you regress.
It’s not like riding a bike where you can just pick it up whenever you want.
It takes dedication and the constant want to better yourself.
What better way to sum all of this up by quoting from the Good Book.
James 5:13 says “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
I hope this encourages you to not only dig into the Word more and to strengthen your faith, but to also to get out on the course and practice those drives.