This is where youll find the serious golfers at any club. Its where the boasting and challenges happen. And more importantly, its where the excuses flood the room as scorecards are revealed after a round.
If youve played poorly, you have that look on your face that says: Dont even ask! So, without hesitation we ask, Howd you hit em today? This is how we take the focus off of ourselves and plant it squarely on someone else especially if we played poorly. This way we can pride-fully keep our score under wraps as we use any excuse to slip out of the room.
Then theres the guy who shot lights-out. Hes just dying for someone to ask how he played so he can give a blow-by-blow description of the round, as he boasts in amazing detail. Whats the strategy? Ignore him! Dont ask and let him bust! Why give him the satisfaction? If he brings it up, change the subject first chance you get. Or better yet, jump in about your best round, and stretch those highlights just a little bit to get that one up on him.
But no matter how you cut it, this is where the score is settled around any club. And like it or not, youre going to have to give some answers here because we have a tendency to beat a situation into the ground.
Isnt this exactly the way many of our lives go? When things are going poorly, due to our prideful desperation we take the focus off of ourselves so we can keep up our facades. We make up excuses and talk about the bad breaks lifes been dealing us as we fine tune that ever increasing popular spin which not only can get the focus off of us and our situations, but if we get real good at it, we can hurt other people big time. But who cares in the If it is to be it is up to me generation we live in? Besides, if I dont look out for #1, whos going to?
On the other hand, how about when life seems to be dealing us all aces? You know the times...like when you totally hit it out of bounds in life and you come out smelling like a rose! Then we boast with more trophies and toys, and many times we do it around someone whose life may be in the ruff, or maybe even a bit stymied at the time. We get real clever at putting down others to make ourselves feel even bigger, all to fill the emptiness in our lives, and believe it or not, its a vacuum only God can fill.
A famous golf joke that has been around for years goes something like this. Four golfers were sitting around a table in the grille room when the question was raised, Do you think there is golf in heaven? As they were giving their opinions, (yeah right!), I mean, as they were arguing, an angel appears at the table. Upon discovering the angel, the men figured, well now we can get the answer first hand. So one of the golfers asked the angel if there was golf in heaven, when the angel answered, You bet there is, and youre on the first tee in the next group.
Well, no matter how we cut it, someday the score will be settled in each of our lives, and like it or not, were going to have to give some answers. Answers to why we moved the ball to improve our position, why we continually flirted with the out of bounds lines of right and wrong to get a little edge, why we deceived ourselves into thinking we were in control. And finally, well answer about the times we boldfaced lied and put down a 4 instead of a 5all to fill that emptiness inside of us. You get the point?
Howd you do at your first crack playing The Country Club of Life? Being the first time youre playing, you probably did poorly. Face it; this course requires much local knowledge since it could be cleverly deceptive at times. Dont be discouraged, everyone does poorly in the beginning. Be persistent and take heed to the words of our Chairman when He tells us He has overcome this course. Listen to the clubs President as He tells us over and over to Believe in me! And finally, how many golfers blame the course superintendent after a poor round? Not here. Our Superintendent is here to breathe life into your game.
Do you know where youre going when your eternal tee time is called? If you dont care, let me ask you; is there anyone you reallylove? Maybe its your children. If so, listen up: There was a young man who lost his dad much too early. He said the only thing that keeps him going is that he knows he will see his dad again in heaven some day. Is that reason enough to care?
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