by Peter Brain
Lessons from a golfer - Pt 2
Let me share more of my 18 thoughts on golf and life – one for each hole, in the hope that they might help you.
- Have you ever played with someone who hits the green in regulation figures but still isn't happy? "If I had hit it a bit harder ..." Makes you mad doesn't it? Especially when you are putting for an eight! Some people are very hard to please. In fact all of us at some point in our lives tend to be like this. Especially towards God. Remember there are two ways to look at a glass of water – half full or half empty! The way we see it will determine how happy we are, how happy others will be around us and how much we enjoy God.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
- Imagine scoring a hole-in-one when you were playing by yourself! Nobody to enjoy the excitement with. And would your mates believe you when you told them? For me the company is as important as the golf. How good God is to give us friends and families with which to share our joys and sorrows.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
- I have played a couple of rounds of 'ambrose'. It certainly makes putting easier since you can 'go to school' on the putts of the others. There is a lot to learn in life. The example of a good friend is priceless and we are wise to follow the good examples and avoid the habits of others.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
- My great aim is to play a par round. I did it once on the front nine but was six over on the back nine. That was my best ever. Now it is a great day to break 40 for nine. Par is that standard all golfers aim for. My dictionary tells me "it is the number of strokes a scratch player should require." But we all know that no one, not even the best professional, has always played a par round or parred every hole they have played. Life is like that, isn't it? If we are honest we hardly ever live up to our own standards, not to mention God's. It is awesome to think that God marks our score card on our thoughts, words and actions.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14
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• To be continued