I like to play the game of golf. Especially with my son & my friends. I enjoy the challenge of trying to repeat with consistency the neccesary fundamentals required for a succesful golf swing. If I cando that, I strike the ball nicely and the result is satisfying. Then the challenge repeats. At the end of the course, if I have prevailed in the face of changing geography, wind, and various other conditions I will have a score equal to or better than “Par”. If not, I will recount what led to my excessive number of strokes and thus a score that can be improved on.
In Hebrews 12:1 we read “Therefore, since w e are surronded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race (course) that is set before us”
Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Immergrun golf course in Loretto, PA opened in 1917. Charles Schwab had it constructed as part of his $33 million dollar estate. It was his course and to this day reminds everyone that Charles was a “lefty”. Each hole favors the slice of such a golfer. I have played the course a few times and while I enjoy playing most any course, this course is particularly challenging because it is best suited for lefty golfers of which I am not.
This verse in Hebrews reminds me that God has laid out a course for me that is suited for me. When I constantly abide (John 15) in Him, on His course for me, I realize that my heavenly father provides all that I need. He is the course designer, and His design is one where He gets the glory.
You are on a course today my friend that may not be the one you prefer. But the fundamentals are the same, put off the weight & sin that is clinging to you, remain on the course, and with endurance (patience), repeat, again and again and again….
We are surrounded by many who are watching.
Every choice matters! Pastor Don
1 st Tee, Immergrun Golf Course, Loretto, PA