My dad loved to golf. One of the saddest parts of the diabetes was when it robbed him of his ability to see that little white ball fly through the air.
One of my favorite memories, though, was of him teaching me to swing a club in just the perfect way to send the ball flying straight and true to the intended goal. The lesson was fairly short and sweet....once we got through that
Here is what I know...You have to commit to the swing. Giving it your all. Suppose you check the swing midway? You are going to pull the ball to the right or the left. Think you can get away with hitting the ball and then stopping the club? Nope. This is going to cause you problems as well. Somehow the science requires the beginning, ball hit, and end of the swing to be as committed and fluid as they can be.
And so it is with our daily walk. How does it work for you to be "half in" to your commitment to Christ? It just isn't good. Bad things happen. There are so many things vying for our attention and not all of them are good.
As Believers we know the beginning, the day to day living and the end. It is vital that we are committed to the entire journey as each part has impact.
I am not talking about a list of things that we must do. I'm talking about our heart attitude. One that earnestly follows after Him. A constant dedication to finishing strong. One that knows that it must keep the end goal in sight to reach it.
Swing hard, my Christian friends. Allow your testimony to fly straight and long. Finish well at the spot of your goal.
Never give up. If you end up in the sand trap of life....get busy and chip out of that thing. Don't stay there or despair. Grab a wedge...it is designed to lift that ball up and out. Have a few "wedge" scriptures and friends handy. :-)
Stuck in the trees/woods? This is tricky....but you can carefully come out with prayer and support of those who love you.
Constantly seek the advice of your Caddie....The Holy Spirit. It is even better than having someone walk beside you with encouragement and advice....This gift is in you with all the advice and tools you need to succeed. Be practiced at hearing and obeying that voice.
So, while this may seem a silly exercise in comparisons I hope it comes back to you from time to time when you are tempted to care a bit less than you should. Be committed....to the end.
Becky-Good Neighbors Candle Co.