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The Karma of the 2015 Solheim Cup

Karma is a common term used Hinduism and Buddhism.  This worldview believes that the sum of one’s actions will determine the fate of each individual in the future.  Similar to the Bible’s Golden Rule, people should strive to do unto others as you what others to do unto you.  However, when someone is cruel, mean or ruthless, a bystander may say, “that’s bad karma.”

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets, Matthew 7:12.

This principle leads me to the final day of the 2015 Solheim Cup, a competition between America’s best LPGA golfers verse Europe’s best players.  Similar to the Ryder Cup, a match suspended due to darkness was marred by controversial sportsmanship displayed by Suzanne Peterson and Charlie Hull.  Walking to the next tee following Alison Lee’s miss to take a one up lead going to the final hole, their body language suggested the 18 inch putt was good.  Alison, a rookie on the team, accidentally picked up her ball.  According to match-play rules, this resulted in a loss of the hole even though it should have been tied.  Subsequently, the Americans lost this match, facing a 10-6 deficit with 12 single matches remaining.   Nonetheless, these actions set the stage for bad karma for the Europeans.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows, Galatians 6:7.

All Europe had to do was win four of the twelve matches to retain the cup.  Following in the footsteps of Ben Crenshaw’s 1999 comeback at Brookline Country Club, USA captain Julie Inkster motivated the squad to do the impossible.   Whether you believe in karma or not, Hull and Peterson both lost their match and although Europe got to 13 1/2 points, USA swept the final 5 matches to win 14.5-13.5.  In the end, God was watching from above, turning the tide with the Karma of the 2015 Solheim Cup.

by Jay Mankus




He Ain’t All That

In every success story, there are two primary factors which often impact the final chapter to each Cinderella story.  The first involves an individual with talent, dedicated to mastering his or her trade.  Discipline, hard work and sacrifices can lead to fame and fortune.  While on the rise, friends, family and relatives begin to develop a sense of entitlement, expecting some sort of payment for their involvement in the process.  When this obligation is not met, things can get ugly as those on the outside looking in respond with, “he ain’t all that!”

Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. – Mark 6:3

This tragedy of society is nothing new.  Jesus dealt with a similar situation as he went back to his hometown to teach at the synagogue.  Whether it is envy or jealousy, people can be cruel, taking occasional jabs to lessen your accomplishments.  In the case of Jesus, the negativity of the crowds grew, causing his ability to heal to decline.  As the murmurs of “he ain’t all that” intensified, this lack of faith restricted the power of God from being displayed.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” – Mark 6:4

With the invention of social media, ordinary people get their kicks out of trashing celebrities, professional athletes and those in the media.  Perhaps by tearing others down, insecure souls feel a little better about themselves.  Although misery loves company, lives will not change for the better until an environment for healing is formed.  Therefore, the next time you get the urge to say, “he ain’t all that,” follow the principles of James 5:16 so that the resurrection power of Christ can be unleashed.

by Jay Mankus

The Cruel Reality of Sports

When the clock strikes zero at the end of any competition, their is usually a winner and loser.  Though a regular season game may result in a tie, in the playoffs, this isn’t an option.  Whether you’re talking about the National Championship, Super Bowl or Olympics, only one team or individual will walk off as the victor.

From a personal perspective, I once blew an eight shot lead during the Club Championship; then lost in an 18 hole playoff.  When things start to slip away, as momentum goes in the opponents direction, a helpless feeling grips your body.  This tide often results in the agony of defeat, something I’ve tasted on numerous occasions.  Unfortunately, this is the cruel reality of sports.

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. – 1 Corinthians 9:25

Therefore, as Ohio State and Oregon fans go to sleep tonight, one will celebrate into the midnight hours while the loser will ponder what could have been.  For the senior players, several will be playing their final game, trading in their jerseys for a career in their field of study.  Perhaps, this is why the apostle Paul wrote the words of 1 Corinthians 9:25.  Like of the motto of Little League, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game!”  May these words stick with you the next time you experience the cruel reality of sports.

by Jay Mankus

Suppressed Anger

If you slow down enough to take a look around, suppressed anger lingers deep inside the human heart.  The tension within the bullied builds until a spirit of revenge is born.  Once this seed is implanted inside of  troubled minds, the stage is set for the next school shooting.

During my sophomore year of high school, I was introduced to another form of suppressed anger.  A friend from my cross country team began to punch me in the arm every team I saw him in school.  This scenario repeated itself for 6 months until I took the time to find out why.  Carl, who became my best friend, hit me to express his frustration as he helplessly watched his mother slowly die of cancer.

Today, some of the cruelest people you encounter often possess a secret that motivates their behavior.  Just watch the Breakfast Club, paying close attention to John Bender’s character played by Judd Nelson.  Whether its a bad family life, negative influences or low self-esteem, each plays a factor in determining which person you will meet.  May a clear understanding of Galatians 5:19-22 allow you to discern suppressed anger from those who are simply evil.

by Jay Mankus



Making a Difference One Text at a Time

Early in the 2013-2014 school year, a high school senior became fed up with the persistent negativity bombarding her hallways.  Searching for a simple solution, this silent leader began to fight back with kindness.  Determined to leave a positive mark on her classmates, this glimmer of optimism began to make a difference, one encouraging, yet anonymous text at a time.

This principle is nothing new, passed on by the words of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:29.  The best way to battle bullying, criticism and put downs is with uplifting words.  In the end, it doesn’t matter who gets the credit as long as the desire to do good tarries on, Galatians 6:9-10.  As this girl’s twitter handle began to light up with compliments to friends, faculty and staff, establishing hope for broken hearts.

Perhaps, this young woman will start a movement to love your neighbor as yourself, Matthew 22:39.  Whether you think before you act or look at someone else’s life before you judge or make an assumption, randoms acts of kindness can make a difference.  Therefore, instead of giving up on a cruel world, set your heart and mind on things above, Colossians 3:1-3, so that the light of Christ will be passed on to the next generation.

by Jay Mankus



Bigger is Better

Over the past 12 months, AT&T has invested an entire ad campaign on the mantra, “Bigger is Better.”  While many commercials  are hard to understand what a company is trying to sell, this concept makes sense in the context of cell phones.  Thus, AT&T continues to drive this point home today, like Geico, over and over again.

God was the first to introduce this sales pitch in Exodus 20:5-6 as an incentive for being obedient.  As long as individuals remember  to stay true to the One who brought Israel out of Egypt, God promises 1,000 generations of blessings and love.  However, if you forget and begin to wander into sin, the Lord will punish your children with a generational curse lasting up to 4 generations.

The skeptic will cry foul; questioning, “how can a loving God be so cruel?”  Denominations will even go as far as deemphasizing this passage along with similar warnings from Moses in Leviticus 26:14-46 and Deuteronomy 28.  Meanwhile,  many theologians claim these principles don’t apply anymore in a New Testament culture.  Thus, parishioners will disregard passages that don’t fit into their biblical thinking.  Bigger is better in mathematics, but from a spiritual perspective without obedience, no one will be accompanied by the blessings of God, Deuteronomy 28:2.

by Jay Mankus

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