Why golf is my game

There must have been a dozen people or more tell me they believe golf to be a complete waste of time and a ridiculously futile game. I never listen.

Two of my brethren and I have been playing the courses in Genesee County, Michigan and enjoy the challenges and the fellowship of the game. It is golf less the anger and profanity which marks the game for some people. Most people believe golf is too expensive, but a round of 18 holes at the courses we play is only $20.

One can learn self-control from golf. Since I’m a lousy hacker, I learn to “shake off” errant shots and try again, a very useful skill to learn in life. I frequently miss the target of the putting green and have to try to hit it again.  Since we all sin (miss the mark) it’s important to have this capacity for wanting to keep trying.

Golf teaches Biblical patience. In the Bible, there are two words for patience, hupomone and makrothumia. Hupomone is defined as the ability to bear up underneath the loads of life. When one has a game as bad as mine, one learns to have fun even though one’s body is just about to drop. Makrothumia is defined as “longsuffering,” or the ability to be patient with others. There is etiquette on the golf course. One must wait for others to play. One must allow faster players to play through to the next hole.

All of these qualities, and more, exist in golf. Some say football teaches life skills. I’ve never understood how physical violence teaches anything, but I know this little game of golf does.

Feel free to play through.

#game, #golf, #patience

The Gentleman’s Game

Back in the 1980’s, I used to be an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, when Tom Landry was their coach, but no more. Like most other sports, the game is now motivated by mostly money; players no longer playing for the sheer enjoyment of the game.

About the only game I enjoy watching with any interest, is golf, the gentleman’s game. I played golf in college and learned that the game challenges your whole being. Not only do you have to be in good physical condition, but you must be able to think about and analyze every shot you make. The most challenging part of the game for me was the putting aspect of the game.

It’s not too difficult to get the ball to the green, but getting that little white ball into that very small hole, is a very large challenge – one that takes great patience in achieving.

In playing the game of golf, you learn a great deal about yourself and your capabilities, both physically and mentally.

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The largest gathering I’ve ever been a …

The largest gathering I’ve ever been a part of would have to be a football game between the then newly formed Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants back in 1965. The game was in Dallas and the Giants won 31-10.

The largest spiritual gathering of souls that I’ve ever been a part of, was at the ACU Lectureships in the early 1980’s in Abilene.

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