by Jason Cruise
A few days ago I was eating lunch at a golf course. From my table I could see a man on the range hitting ball, after ball, after ball ... struggling. Some shots were on line, but most of them were strays.
I grew up in the game of golf. My dad is a retired PGA Professional. Needless to say, I've probably had more golf lessons than 10 people who play the game. Do that enough, and you learn a lot about the fundamentals of the swing. Getting that knowledge from your head to your body is the tough part, which is why you don't see me playing on television on Sunday my friend!
As I watched my fellow linkster beat range balls into submission it occurred to me that no amount of time on the range was going to improve his game with any noticeable results. He may improve a few strokes over time, but his golf game was fatally flawed for one single reason ... he simply didn't know how to improve it.
His game, and its future, was, in the most literal sense, forever hobbled by his lack of knowledge about the fundamentals.
On a side note, he's no different than any of us who came up through the game. Everyone must pass from beginner to veteran, so it's nothing to be ashamed of at all; and, veteran doesn't mean you can break par consistently. In fact, this fellow on the range had every bit of game within him to be a solid golfer, if he only would come into the knowledge of how the swing actually works. How to cure his reverse weight shift. How to radically improve his grip. How to stop laying his club off so drastically at the top. He needed someone to tell him the truth; and, if that could happen, if someone could intervene in his life, then he'd save a ton of money on equipment over time, his scores would consistently be lower, and golf, in and of itself, would actually be something to be enjoyed.
My guess is this ... if I were to walk out on the range right now and start working with this guy in the orange shirt, I'm willing to bet that in time, he'd get better. Not because I'm a great teacher of the game. No, it's just that I've been down his road. I've been in his shoes. As the years have passed, I simply know more than he does about the fundamentals of his pursuits. I'm also willing to bet that if I approached him in the right spirit, took some time to get to know him, let him know I wasn't a "range pro" and that I wasn't on an ego feed, then I bet he'd welcome my intervention simply to help him improve for his sake and his sake alone.
Today you are going to encounter people who are spending a lot of money trying to figure out how to be happy. You're going to lock eyes with people who are grinding it out, every day, beating balls over and over again in hopes of finally catching a break where something changes for the better in their job, their marriage, or with their finances at home. The sad reality is, they won't find it, because they don't have someone to intervene and tell them the truth about life and what it means to know the Truth giver who can set them free.
So often we think nobody wants to hear what we have to say about our God. When things were at their worst for you, and you knew you had lost your "swing" in life, were you looking for some truth that could set you free? You bet you were.
Don't let the enemy deceive you into thinking that the people you encounter ever day are somehow not in search of a fresh breath of life and deliverance from the burdens of their souls.
How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
- Romans 10:14
And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21