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How do you handle stress in your life? In this short devotional post, Korky Kemp reminds us that whether major life events happen, or whether we are disappointed over something as trivial as a lost golf game, Jesus is the answer.

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“I have set the LORD always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8

Pre-Shot Routine

What do you do when you find yourself in a slump?  What do you do after you have a bad hole during a tournament round?  What do you do if you are really nervous on the first tee?  What do you do if you have a putt to win the tournament?

golf2During a recent College Golf Fellowship retreat hosted by Davis Love and Jonathan Byrd, these were the type of questions that kept being raised during the Q and A portion of the retreat.

Interestingly, Davis and Jonathan kept repeating the same answer to all of these questions: PRE-SHOT ROUTINE, PRE-SHOT ROUTINE, PRE-SHOT ROUTINE.

If you find yourself in a slump, go back to your pre-shot routine.  If you have just had a bad hole, focus on your pre-shot routine.  If you are really nervous on the first hole, concentrate on your pre-shot routine.  If you have a putt to win the tournament, go through your pre-shot routine.  The pre-shot routine seemed to be the answer to the majority of questions asked by the collegiate golfers.

How do I handle stress?  Where do I turn when my life is not what I expected?  My loved one just died, how do I deal with that?  Success does not fulfill me, so what will?  What is my purpose?  What is the best use of my time?

Jesus is the Answer

Whether we are dealing with stress, depression, purpose or meaning, Jesus is the answer.  Psalm 16 is a Messianic Psalm, meaning that it prophesies of the resurrection of the coming savior as David expounds, “Nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”   King David also writes, “I have set the LORD always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Whether major life events happen, or whether we are disappointed over something as trivial as a lost golf game, Jesus is the answer.  We learned this as kids at church-Jesus is the answer.  We need to apply what we learned as children to our lives-Jesus is the answer.

Various seasons of life will surely come our way, and our only confidence is Jesus.  He is the answer.  Because he lives, we have life, both now and forever.  Anything beyond that is subject to decay.

May we live with this single purpose and chip away parts of our lives that do not match up.  In Christ’s name I pray.  Amen.

This post is based on Korky Kemp’s July 2012 LinksPlayers Devotional.

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