By Pastor Eric Seaney – Kuna Church of the Nazarene -
Last week my son and I were in San Francisco at the Olympic Club watching the first round of the U.S. Open. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson were paired together for the first round.
The masses followed this grouping throughout the course. I wonder how the other professional golfers feel when all of the media and fan attention is directed toward the few popular golfers?
On Sunday, after the last grouping of Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell completed their round, Webb Simpson was the winner shooting one over par.
This last Wednesday, my son and I were having a time of discipleship together. We are both followers and “learners” of Jesus Christ. I asked him what he learned about following Jesus from our U.S. Open experience.
My son pointed out that Webb Simpson played 4 days, 72 holes, and did not know that he was “the winner” until the last grouping was on their fourth shot of the eighteenth hole. Webb won, but for 3 days and 17 holes he was not the leader on the leader board. Webb played every hole to the best of his ability for 4 days and he did not know if it would be enough until the tournament was nearly over. When the world observes Christ followers, it does not appear that we are on the top of the leader board. Our victory is when Jesus returns at the end of the Age and we receive our eternal reward (read 1 Corinthians 15).
Life is a lot like golf. Each day is like playing one hole of golf. I wonder how Webb Simpson felt when he double bogeyed the first hole of the second round? A “double bogey” is a score of 2 over par on an individual hole of the golf course. Do you ever feel like you “double bogeyed” a relationship? A “double bogey” in a relationship with a spouse, child or friend does not define our lives. It shapes our life and we want to learn from it, but we must move on to the next “hole” and cooperate with God.
Who knows, the Holy Spirit may enable us to shoot a “birdie”. “Birdie” is the term for scoring one under par on any individual golf hole. God’s grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness is necessary for us all because we all “shoot” over par on the “course” of life!