Golf is one of those hobbies that parallels life. Sometime you may be right down the middle while others will find you deep into the woods or within a hazard. Unlike most sports, practice doesn’t always insure progress. Thus, the game of golf can be cruel causing even professionals to waste an amazing shot with a three putt.
Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, James 1:3.
During my final year of coaching high school golf, I drove a par 4 with a 2 iron hybrid. Unfortunately, when I got to the green, I had a 40 foot putt over a ridge to a hole on the other side going away from me. Focusing on the line, I forgot to hit the ball hard enough, ending up 1o feet short. Two putts later this once and a lifetime drive was a distant memory ruined by a three putt.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything, James 1:4.
In this life, its common to celebrate prematurely, before a day, round or year is over. As over confidence or pride lures individuals into a false sense of security, victory is often replaced by defeat. Thus, before you complete your next competition, project or task, finish strong. Or else you may be like me, interrupting a moment of glory with the sobering reality, “and then I three putted.”
by Jay Mankus