Thanks to my father I was introduced to that frustrating, yet strangely fulfilling sport called golf. He endured my bouts of despair and anger on the driving range and on the fairway (actually, more often the rough). He modeled golf etiquette, a great swing, and an excellent game. One of the first things he instilled in me is not to play around when playing golf. When people are focused on their game it is not a time for pranks.
Dad had a sense of humor that would bring me to tears and still causes me to laugh when I remember some of the things he said. He taught me not to take the game so seriously. He tried to help me relax so I could enjoy the game and play better. Eventually, I came to enjoy playing golf, but I know when to laugh and when to be serious.
There is a time to be still when playing golf. There is a place to stand where your shadow doesn’t distract others. There is a time to pick up your putt and move to the next tee. And there is a time to look for a lost ball and a time to drop a new ball and take a penalty stroke.
I’ve heard golf compared to life because of the humility by which we must approach the game and the patience required to make progress. Like golf, life has times to laugh and times to be serious. The way my Dad patiently tried to help me stay in the fairway and make the most of the day and not just the next shot reminds me of how God has walked beside me in life.
I am truly glad God has a sense of humor and daily shows me love and grace. He is so very patient and merciful. He gives me His joy. Because of Him I can enjoy a good laugh. Even so, there is a time to stop “playing around” and be serious.
Men, how serious are you when it comes to God? Do you step up and be the man when it comes to leading your wife and children to follow Christ? Do your children see you more excited about their games than Sunday mornings?
Whether or not one chooses to serve Christ has serious consequences; not only for ourselves but also for those we love. God help us act like men when it comes to following Christ.