This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess. Maybe you have seen the small magnetic metal balls that you can shape them into whatever comes to mind as a pastime. It turns out a mother was visiting garage sales with her 2-year old toddler. She was distracted for a moment and turned just in time to see the little girl swallow a couple of those metallic balls. Her daughter appeared okay but she didn’t want to take a chance, so off they went to the nearest ER. The doctor checked her out and then told the mother that his father had used a proverb that he thought would ease her mind: “This too shall pass!” It is remarkable what people swallow, not just children but adults too. Let the devil come along with some outrageous lie and there are some who greet it with an open mouth. Others bite in as it becomes popular. But remember: “this too shall pass” but the Word of God abides forever.
A good many years ago I obeyed the gospel of Christ. It was then that I learned how much I was in need of something greater than what I could offer. However, with that learning, I did not always know the best way to get accomplished what I desired. In fact, my failings were rather overwhelming. I studied and studied the Scripture; I soon learned it was not a matter of academic knowledge, but of academics being put into practice. This was a slow process and frustrations were great.
For some people, it takes an event in life to have the “light bulb” go off and changes made. When that bulb shines brightly, things about self are easily seen. What is seen is not always liked; when the dislike becomes strong and embarrassing a new course or a slightly modified course is then set. This is what happened to me. Even now, I am still plagued with my failings of many years ago; however, as I apply 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 3:12-14 I can do nothing else but move on. This is where patience is developed in me.
I will never be “Paul,” but I hope the Lord will use me to whatever degree that he knows I am capable of handling. In this, there may be a purging of the conscience that has too good of a memory in some things.
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.