Life 101

>> Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'm guest posting today over at Jewels of Encouragement. You can pop over there or just read on...

In the game of golf, logic says, “Don’t go for the green.” Golf 101 says, “Don’t go for the green.”  But I say, “Give me my driver, I’m going for the green!”  Golf reveals a lot about a person. I don’t need advice—whack!  I can handle this myself—clang!

Can you relate? We want to do things our way.  Forget the easy way and forget the best way. Forget God’s way. 

Too much stubbornness. 
Too much independence. 
Too much self-reliance.

All I needed to do was apologize, but I had to argue. All I needed to do was listen, but I had to open my big mouth. All I needed to do was be patient, but I had to take control. All I had to do was give it to God, but I tried to fix it myself.

Scripture says, “Do it God’s way.”  Experience says, “Do it God’s way.”  And every so often, we do! We might even make the green.


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I’m a golfer—or at least I try. After five years, I still consider myself a newbie in need of much help. But when people try to offer suggestions, I tend to be stubborn, wanting to figure it on my own.

In my defense, I learn better by taking action (as opposed to being told) and am easily confused by too much verbal instruction. I need to feel my way through it and gain knowledge from my mistakes.

I’m also a slow learner.

Max Lucado’s analogy applies to my life perspective even more than my golf game: I’ve been through some hard times lately.

My temper has gotten the best of me often. And through the course of my tantrums, I eventually found out that I was in the wrong about the subject of my distress. All that energy trying to convince others to see things my way…for nothing. I’ve let fleshy emotions run amuck, ending up on the shame train with humiliation as the caboose.

My motives were pure; the results less than stellar.

I really am my own worst enemy, a mini bull in a china shop when I think I know best. I’ve also been known to toss, “I got this, God,” over my shoulder then whine when things come crashing down.

Why is it when I’m passionate, in fix-it/defender mode, or attempting to right the injustices of the world, I tend to blow it?

I think it has to do with pride.

Pride says I don’t need help; I can do it on my own. Humility is absolute dependence on the God of the universe that adopted me as his very own. And promises he will never leave me, despite the misery I cause myself.

Maybe next time I try to “go for the green,” I’ll back up and first ask, “What do you want me to do?”

Or better yet, listen to instructions that are probably already being down-loaded.

I might even hear him whisper, “Just hang on—I got this.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
(NLT)

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