Today’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.
James 1: 2-4
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NKJV)
Recovery Shots are Awesome
Do you know what I love about golf? I love the imagination and execution of a great recovery shot!!! Who likes to take a drop from the back-yard of a house or from an environmentally sensitive area? Give me 300 acres of park-land that is home to countless trees and some rolling hills because I love being able to create my next shot no matter where my ball takes a seat.
Hardships and trials in golf come as a result of poor golf shots. Everyone that ever plays the game hits poor shots, but some people, you know them; always seem to relish the opportunity to recover. My father taught me to relish the opportunities by saying the following after one of my errant golf shots, “You never have a chance hit a great recovery shot unless you hit a bad shot first”. Ok dad, whatever…I want to play golf the easy way, fairways & greens.
Struggling Against Hazards
I will never forget Phil Mickelson. One day, when he was a senior in college, he was playing a collegiate tournament at the TPC in The Woodlands. On his final hole Phil hits his ball in the mushy wet fairway. When he gets to his ball he realizes that a large chunk of mud is on his ball and it is located on the back of the ball, creating an impossible situation for solid contact. Phil asks for casual water relief, but is denied. To make the matter worse there is water between Phil and the green, BUT to everyone’s surprise Phil takes a 7-iron, hoods in down, swings way inside-out in order to make solid contact, draws the ball about 50 yards, and lands it on the green only for it to role into the cup for an eagle!!!
Who would play golf if it weren’t for the struggles against the hazards? I dare to say that hazards make the game of golf more enjoyable and create confidence in those that relish recovery from them.
Finding Joy in the Hazards of Life
In life, we do everything to avoid hazardous situations because they are painful, BUT should we? Difficult situations in life are inevitable because we are sinners, living in a fallen world, full of sinners. God says that we should relish the opportunity of hard times because of the blessings they produce. The Bible says in the book of James “consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds.”
Are you kidding me, God? Can our trails actually produce joy and create confidence in us if we have the proper perspective?
Next time you are faced with a testing situation remember to trust God and look for an opportunity to hit a fantastic recovery! Then enjoy the rewards of standing firm & trusting God! These rewards will manifest themselves in Christ-like character, peace, and brotherly love.
Let’s do our best to consider as joy the hardships ahead!
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