Today’s Verse/Thought: Being Like Christ, 4-The End In View
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right-let us strive on to finish the work we are in. Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. president. Second Inaugural Address, 4 March 1865.
In the game of golf I have noticed the meticulous attention that a golfer will give to every aspect of the course. They carefully take into consideration the lay of the land, the curves and firmness of the ground and the precise distance to the hole. This enables them to select just the right club for that all-important shot.
We need to understand the implications this model holds for us. A golfer always keeps the end in view. They know that sometimes you have to chip out from behind an obstacle and lose a stroke in order to achieve the greater gain. In life it is important for us to do the same. We need to keep the end in sight. What is the greater purpose?
If you calculate your life-course like a golfer calculates the green, you will find yourself making better decisions. Sometimes in relating to your spouse or child you need a putter-and you’ve got the driver out. And sometimes you will have to give some ground in order to realize the higher purpose.
Take a look at what lies in front of you. Be aware of the obstacles, but don’t let them overwhelm you. Remember that God wants you to see a greater purpose. Think about handling your challenge in light of how it will help you advance. Hold onto the vision. Ask God every day to show you which club to use. He will!
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