If you do a search of “what a difference a day makes,” you will find a series of sermons on this topic. Some use examples of extreme events such as the dropping of the first atomic bomb, experiencing a natural disaster or witnessing a terrorist attack like September 11th, 2001. These devastating days are compared to the silence of an aftermath, where time seems to stand still. Whenever trials arise, individuals are forced to confront change, trusting God one day at a time.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him, James 1:12.
For any of you who have played golf before, a typical round is similar to the quote from Forrest Gump, “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you will get.” Unlike any other sport, practicing doesn’t mean you will improve. The more you play golf, the easier it becomes to pick up bad habits. Thus, a bad swing, chip or putt can unlock demons of doubt that will haunt you throughout the rest of your round. This is what my daughter Lydia endured during his first round of this years Girls Delaware Junior Golf Championship.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1.
Following the first round, my daughter wanted to quit golf. Twenty four hours later, Lydia figured something out on the range prior to her round and everything clicked. Beside a few holes, she was either chipping or putting for birdie. Despite a few three putts, Lydia played the round of her life consistently hitting her driver over 200 yards. There are certain things in life that don’t make any sense. Yet, when attitudes awake to a new day and confidence returns, it’s amazing the difference one day makes.
by Jay Mankus