The church golf tournament on Sunday was so much fun! Three of my best friends came into town to play and help raise money for the children’s ministry, which made it even that much more better for me. I don’t get to see most of them very often, because they live in Houston.
We played decently well, but very soon after we began I was reminded of something that I realize every time I play golf. It is a hard game. It sounds simple enough; hit a little ball with this stick until it goes into the hole. It is remarkable how many things can go wrong with the simple task of hitting a golf ball.
I saw this quote the other day, which made me laugh, “If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.” Even in our church tournament, this manifested itself. It is amazing just how quickly you can go from self-loathing misery to pure elation while playing golf. But we all had a great time, as I always do whenever I get to play.
And yet, I was thinking to myself after we were through playing and eating dinner, why do we play this game that breaks our heart every time? I mean the moments of misery far outweigh the moments of joy; at least they do in my game. Why suffer through this?
I like that it’s hard. It makes the good shots so much more gratifying. Sometimes I feel the same way about faith. It can be so difficult to keep your faith at times. When it seems like God has forgotten about you and you just want to give up, those are the moments that we sometimes wonder, why do I even do this?
The golf tournament was especially fun because it was a scramble, meaning your team all plays together and you only use the best shots. I think that too often I try to conquer the challenges in my life alone. This is something that I love about the church; it makes life into a scramble. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we have each other here to help us. We are a team and we can help cover each other’s faults and struggles with a better shot. We can work together so that no one has to face the course alone.
Having my best friends with me always makes me feel more comfortable, confident and safe. Good friends just feel like home. I hope that this church is a source of comfort and community for you. I hope that you have found more than just brothers and sisters in faith here; I hope that you have found friends.
We may not get mulligans in our life, but thankfully we don’t have to play alone. I am happy to be on such a good team, and I pray that you feel supported by this family of faith.
Have a wonderful week my friends,