by Peter Brain
Lessons from a golfer - Pt 3
Let me share more of my 18 thoughts on golf and life – one for each hole, in the hope that they might help you.
- A golfer's handicap is a way of giving every golfer a chance to play a 'par round.' But does God allocate handicaps? To change the metaphor does He lower the bar or will He accept a 50% pass mark? The reality is that God expects us all to live up to His standard every day of our lives. On God's score card we have to par every hole, every time.
For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
- Some golfers have played the perfect round. Most of us at one time or another have pared, or birdied a hole. How sweet it is – a perfect drive, a five iron to the green and the three-metre putt goes in for a birdie. But none have done it every time. Jesus did not play gold, but He did live a perfect life.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:14-15
- Sometimes in golf a team can play and take the best ball as their score. When a person joins Jesus' team His perfect score is counted. I might have a double bogey but His perfect score will count for me. Sounds good to me.
Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:4
- Golf played with friends is great. Shared pleasures, the golf, the freshness of the morning, the wildflowers or wildlife, not to mention the conversation, combine to make golf a good time. It is especially good to play with someone who knows the course better than you. If they are kind and knowledgeable, they can point out the hidden hazards and the best place to aim for. When a person joins Jesus' team He walks down the fairways of life with us. He is kind and knowledgeable. The wise person will want to read His Word – the Bible – which will point out the hidden traps and show us where to aim in life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
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