Now That’s Rough!

Last year I was invited to play at the Payne Stewart Memorial Golf Tournament in St. Andrew’s. It was a special time. I met wonderful people from all over the world who loved God and had a passion for golf. The courses we played, throughout the 5 days, were spectacular but they were challenging.

I’m not used to playing links courses and the rough at St. Andrew’s Jubilee Course was pretty well unplayable. You needed to stay on the fairway or just say goodbye to your ball. The rough was so high that, from time to time, you would see a trained dog looking for balls and then the master selling them back cheaply to the players. It was quite the sight.

Life can be rough at times as well. It’s just as difficult to stay problem free in life as it is to keep the ball on the fairway all the time. It’s going to happen sooner or later. Even though there are many reasons why this happens, the important question is how to get out of the rough and back in the game!

I have found that patience and focus are needed. It doesn’t help to get all upset or to worry about what may or may not happen. Just play the shot. Look for the best opportunity out. Keep calm and focus on a clean swing. Learning to play out of the rough will sharpen your game and could sometimes help you win. Remember Bubba Watson’s famous low hook out from the trees going on the win the Master’s in 2012?

When life becomes rough at times, be patient. Ask God what He is trying to teach you? Focus on what you need to do at the moment and take steps to resolve the problem. Don’t just think it will go away. Apply biblical principles and redeem the moment. Redemption is the heart of the good news and it's pro-active.

Everybody hits it into the rough. Just get out. The game always goes on, even if we need to take a penalty once in a while, move on. Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Jesus also tells us in Matthew 11:28-30 to come to Him with our burdens, for He promises rest.

Take heart, friend, we’ve all been there. When you’re in the rough of life, let Jesus show you the way out and take that shot!

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