In June, Foundations Christian Counseling Services held our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Karen Hoffner Memorial Fund, our scholarship program to reduce the rates for low-income families in need of Biblical counseling. This is a written summary of the message given:
How do you deal with making bad shots in golf? Do you get mad at yourself? Do you curse or throw your club? Do you shrug it off? Does it mess up your confidence level? Do you carry your failure from hole to hole remembering it at each shot? Henry Longhurst, a renowned British golf writer and commentator said, “No man can succeed at golf until he has mastered the art of not permitting one bad hole, or indeed one bad shot, to affect the rest of his game.”
What are the worst things that you have ever done? You know what they are because you carry them in your memory only to be brought up on occasion to feel the guilt and shame and then to be buried again. One terrible shot can bring us down for a hole. A series of terrible shots may cause us to give up the game. But it is the one good shot that keeps us coming back. In life, one big mistake will bring us down awhile. A series of mistakes may keep us down and ashamed for the rest of our lives. Now there are some good things that we do that keep us in the game, but at best, they do not bring about what we need to play perfectly.
In golf, the perfect score is 18. A hole in one…every hole. You may, at best, get 1 hole-in-one, but for 18 holes it is impossible for us. In life, the perfect score is O. If every sin is a stroke against us, it is impossible to obtain. Today, we played in a four person Scramble. We each took our turns and made our best efforts to get as close to perfect as we could and we went with the person who had the best shot (or best ball)…the one that’s closest to perfection. In life, we are in a two-person Scramble. It’s you and Jesus. In order to get to the 19th Hole of Heaven and the Trophy of Eternal Life, you need to score a perfect score. This is impossible for us. With each stroke we take, we fall short of that perfection. The only way we can receive the prize is by Jesus’ efforts alone. He met the standard of perfection. We might as well put our own efforts down, lay down our clubs, and let Jesus do the work that is required…for the only work that we must do is believe in Him and accept the work that He did for us on the cross. This can be difficult as we want to do our part, but our best shots (and efforts) end up being unplayable.
Remember those things that you did in the past that you carry with you and cause shame? All of those acts can be wiped clean. You can begin a new round in life with Jesus. Just ask Him to be your partner in the 2 person Scramble of life, lay down your clubs, and believe.