marcusjonesToday’s devotional thought comes from Marcus Jones.

Marcus joined the CGF staff in February of 2007, after playing professional golf for almost nine years. He currently resides in Argyle, TX and covers the South-Central Region for CGF. Marcus was an honorable mention All-American at the University of Texas and grew significantly in his faith during his college days through his involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and College Golf Fellowship. Marcus works with schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Colorado.

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“And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; but this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised.” (Ecclesiastes 1:13, NKJV)

Mastering the Game of Golf

It is an endless and overwhelming pursuit to master the game of golf. There are over 5,000 professional golfers on the planet and millions that would like to be one. Even collegiate amateurs golfers are allowed to compete during this competition, bringing greater numbers and more talent into the quest for a PGA Tour card. Last time I checked, the average age of a professional golfer earning his PGA Tour card is around 32 ½ years old. Most of these men played golf at a competitive level by age 12 and thus most of those that are successful in making the PGA Tour have at least 20 years experience.

All the participants at final stage are masters in the game of golf, BUT none of them will ever master the game.

The pursuit of a PGA Tour Card is a long difficult task with few times of rest and joy. This pursuit has destroyed many men and their families. Very few men in professional golf are given the ability to enjoy their walks across many of the most beautiful parks in the world. Trust me, even professional golf is a toilsome work.

Do any of you feel like the things you pursue in life are impossible to master?

Nothing Comes Easy

When man sinned against God in disobedience there were consequences. These consequences have made life on earth more difficult than before. The 1599 Geneva study Bible states “Man by nature has a desire to know, and yet is NOT able to come to the perfection of knowledge, which is the punishment of sin, to humble man, and to teach him to depend only on God.” It goes on to state, “As man is doomed to get his bread, so his knowledge, by the sweat of his brow”. All work is taxing for mankind.

Nothing comes easy in this world. God has decreed it be difficult. This was done so that we would eventually seek a relationship with Him because pursuing joy in any other way outside of God is impossible!

The Wisdom of Solomon

In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon shares about his attempts to find love, joy, and meaning in this world without God. The Bible states that King Solomon was the richest man and the wisest man that has ever lived. He had the time and intellect to pursue all things under the sun, but King Solomon found that there is no satisfaction in life outside of God.

Most of us pursue something in life in the same intricate way as professional golfers pursue a PGA Tour card. Have you already given up this pursuit knowing that your hopes to master your work are unattainable and the joy of mastery is out of reach. If this is so, be ENCOURAGED!!!

Finding Real Joy

King Solomon found JOY in life and we can also. Solomon learned that TURE JOY in our labor is realistic, but only as a gift from God. In Chapter 2; King Solomon states, “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good labor. This also is from the hand of God. For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting.” Many men on the PGA Tour truly enjoy their work as tedious as it is.

Many men that you have labored with over the years truly enjoyed life and had a purpose for living. This ability is a gift from God and is given to those who are good in His sight! If gathering and collecting wear you out, seek The God that can restore JOY!

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