I Want A Great Caddie… Par 4

I am enamored by the craftsmanship of a great caddie.  In fact sometimes I am more interested in watching a caddie ply his craft than the player for whom he is working.

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Phil Mickelson of the United States discusses his tee shot on the 16th hole with is caddie, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

(August 24, 2013 – Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)

                          

I often marvel at how many different, yet interrelated, skill sets and talents a great professional Caddie brings to the player they are serving.  Here is just a “short list” I, as an observer, have noticed about the “great ones.” They act as: part-time surrogate mom, companion, friend, nurse maid, protector, enforcer, encourager, calming agent, buffer, sometimes spokesperson, and fall guy.  They have to be clear headed, self motivated, dependable, very well versed in the rules and conscientious.  In addition they must be part weather guesser, agronomist and greens superintendent.  Oh yes, lest I forget, they must be in good physical condition in order to act as pack mule  to carry what is  in a bag packed full of stuff—apparently  at least half of their players household possessions—in addition to their clubs.

I look at this list, amazed that anyone can willingly take on all of these expectations as part of their Job description.  Then my imagination kicks in and I begin to contemplate what would it be like to have a “life caddy” who would help me carry my life burdens just like a golf caddie carries a golfers.  Interesting idea, don’t you think?

As I massage the idea of a “life caddie” in my noggin, I am reminded that the idea is neither novel nor new.  Over two thousand years ago Jesus entered this world with one mission. That mission was to take on the burden of my sins—AND YOURS— and carry them to the grave—something I could not do for myself.  His end game, his purpose, was to provide me the help I need to move into an eternal love relationship with  the Creator of life.  He did his part through his death and resurrection.  Now that’s some great Caddie Work!

And, as if that wasn’t great enough, and because He pays such close attention to even the minutest of  details, He—Jesus—sent the Comforter, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit to help provide all of the things I listed above that go into making a good caddie and more to help me on my journey to the “first tee” of eternity.  To me that makes Him a “Greatest of Caddies.”  And, he’s my Caddie.

Who you got Caddying for you?

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Randy Wolff on May 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Good devo Larry. I have my favorite author and one of my best friends here and read this to him. He remarked, ³He is a very good writer.: Keep it up.

    Randy Wolff

    469-744-9392 randywolff@ourdailylight.com

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    From: golfwisdomlife Reply-To: golfwisdomlife Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM To: Randy Wolff Subject: [New post] I Want A Great CaddieŠ Par 4

    WordPress.com brdgbldr72 posted: “I am enamored by the craftsmanship of a great caddie. In fact sometimes I am more interested in watching a caddie ply his craft than the player for whom he is working. Phil Mickelson of the United States discusses his tee shot on the 16th hole with is”

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