The Golfing Demonstration ­– by Eliezer Gonzalez

May 30, 2015 2387

One of golf’s immortal moments occurred when the game was first introduced in the USA. A Scotchman was demonstrating the new game to President Ulysses Grant. Carefully placing the ball on the tee, he took a mighty swing. The club hit the turf and scattered dirt all over the President’s beard and surrounding vicinity, while the ball placidly waited on the tee. Again the Scotchman swung, and again he missed.

Our President waited patiently through six tries and then quietly stated, “There seems to be a fair amount of exercise in the game, but I fail to see the purpose of the ball.”

I understand. I’m not a golfer.

But this is true of the lives of too many people: a fair amount of exercise but little purpose. And for too much of the time we’re just throwing dirt around everywhere.

The playwright Shakespeare has Macbeth say,

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing. (Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5)

God assures us through the Bible that life is not just a fair amount of exercise with no purpose; it is not just a lot of sound and fury with no meaning.

One of the core messages of Christianity is that you were created for a purpose. And you will find that purpose when you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord. Like I heard someone say recently, “If you are looking for a mission in life, join God’s.

– Eliezer Gonzalez (with apologies to those of my friends who are golf nuts)

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