Lessons from the Links

Today, I had the opportunity to go see some of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN. I fell in love with golf about 4 years ago when a friend of mine convinced me to go play a round with him. Golf is one of the most challenging things that I have ever tried in my life, and that is why I love it.

I never really payed attention to golf as teen or in my early 20s. I always made fun of it, thought it was stupid, and never even wanted to try it. When I went a played that first round, I realized why people loved the game. It is challenging. It is frustrating. But the reward of satisfaction of hitting that one good shot is enough to keep trying replicate that feeling.

Anyways, since that first round, I have watched more of the professional golfers to see if I could learn anything from them. I also have had the opportunity to go see them play in person twice.

I was thinking about what I could write about today and I decided to write about what I saw today while I was at the golf course.

Being a professional tournament, they had it roped off where you could walk and where you couldn’t walk. You could make the choice off going underneath the ropes and being where you shouldn’t be, but you would probably be escorted off of the property and you will miss the tournament. Being at the tournament today, reminded me of the Christian life and how God has marked our pathway for us. He has given us the King James Bible to guide us where we should go and where we shouldn’t go. When we try to go our own way and get off track, we will have to pay the punishment for our mistakes. These choices may set us back in our service for Christ and what we should have been doing for Him.

Another thing I noticed is that no matter who the golfer was or how good they were, they all faced the same hazards. Whether it was the water or the sand traps or the rough or even the tall weeds, every golfer had to avoid them. In the Christian life, whether you have been saved for one day or 40 years, you still have to avoid the same hazards or temptations. I like Proverbs 4:15 where it states “Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”  I know that this verse is talking about the path of the wicked, but let us take it apply it to those things that will draw us away from Christ. Let’s avoid the hazards of life that will keep you from reaching your goal.

The last thing I want to point out is the clubs in a golf bag. Each golfer has a set of clubs that he takes with him throughout the course and he uses different clubs for different situations. He has drivers, irons, wedges, a putter, and they all used differently. Do you realize that God made each one of us different and He has something special that He wants each one of us to accomplish. You are special to God and He has a task for you to accomplish while you are here on earth.

Just like golf is a challenge and it isn’t easy, the same goes with the Christian life. There will be bad shots that will make you want to give up and quit, but the good shots are what will keep you going! Just keep swinging! Just keep serving!

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Enduring Temptation

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12-15‬ ‭KJV

The first part of verse 12 says “Blessed is the man who endureth temptation.” It does not say “Blessed is the man who goes through temptation.” Huge difference here! We all go through temptation, but few endureth, few out last the temptation. Few people stay strong enough to fight the temptation and keep on doing right. God says the man who endures, who stays strong, is blessed.

The next verse tells us that we should never say that we are tempted of God. I like that it says God cannot be tempted with evil. That just shows His perfection and sinless nature. Because He is perfect, He cannot tempt us with evil because He knows no evil.

The progression that temptation makes through verse 14-15 is very interesting. Temptation all starts with lust or a desire. A desire to want to do something wrong, something that goes against God and His Word. When you act upon that lust or desire, it becomes a sin. That sin continues until it is finished and it brings forth death. I believe that sin can cause death physically but also mentally and emotionally. It can bring death to relationships and friendships. It causes pain and sorrow.

Go back to that verse 12 and let us read the first part again, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation…” We now that temptation starts with a lust or a desire. So blessed is the man the doesn’t act upon the lust or desires that he has that comes from this world. Blessed is the man that endures, that stands strong, that obeys the Scripture when temptation comes. Temptation comes to all of us, yet not everyone stands against that temptation. Most decide to act on that lust or desire and they fall into sin and eventually lose their life because of it.

Endure, stand strong, don’t fall into temptation. Set yourself up for success by doing what you are supposed to be doing according to God’s Word.

Through Christ

I feel like I set goals that I never hit.

I feel like I have dreams that never become reality.

I feel like I’m stuck on the journey, not moving forward and not moving backward.

I haven’t quit, if that’s what you are wondering. I am just maintaining.

I look for the strength and motivation to move ahead and than life hits me and I just stay in one place.

Do I feel like a failure if I don’t hit my goals? Yes, yes, I do!

My competitive side wants to be the best I can be and do the best I can do.

My lazy, fleshly, selfish side just wants to kick back and my play some Xbox or Marvel Contest of Champions on my phone.

Some days the competitive side wins and other days the lazy side wins.

I started this blog a couple years ago with a desire to put out good, godly content on multiple platforms in multiple ways! Such a big goal and dream and yet here I am still struggling with getting going.

Some days, some weeks, and even some months, I feel like I do great and than other times I barely do anything and I feel like such a bum.

Whenever I think like this and get this defeated attitude and mindset, I think of two verses.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 I love this verse for the simple fact that it reminds that I don’t have to go through life alone. Whatever we do, if we do it through Christ, we can do it. As a Christian, we need Christ to help us in whatever we do. Rely on Him for strength to accomplish great things for Him in life!

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV This reminds that whatever I do, I need to give my all at it. I always want to strive to be the best. I’m not okay with having a loser mentality or satisfied with being mediocre. I am a firm believer that God blesses hard work!

So when I feel like I am in a slump or I feel defeated, I just remind myself that I am already on the winning side!

I remind myself that I am not alone!

I remind myself that I have Christ by my side. He is there to help me when I need it!

I remind myself that if I do this “through Christ” I will be alright!