Check your lie…Par 3

I grew up in a family of four boys. As we reached our teen years, in an attempt to generate harmony in the house and assist in our social and physical development, my dad decided to introduce us to the game of golf. Some fifty years later, I am still playing and enjoying the game.

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Throughout my years on the golf course many habits have become commonplace. Amongst those habits is that of “checking my Lie” i.e. before selecting the club, swing track and direction in which I intend to hit my shot, I survey the situation.

“Lie” in the context in which I am using it denotes the proxemics of the situation—where the ball is sitting, what the obstacles are that might be in my way of executing the shot I desire, am I upwind or down, is my stance level or do I need to compensate for an uneven surface beneath my feet, is the grass deep, short or non-existent, and more…

Part of what makes the game of golf so enjoyable to me is it’s interactive nature, requiring physical skill and critical thinking applied to a landscape of ever-changing characteristics and instant rewards—either positive or negative. Each shot is a new riddle to solve—in essence, a game within a game.

The more carefully I check my lie and listen to the clues the course is giving me, the more likely I am to hit a successful shot—that’s if I listen. Sometimes I neglect to listen carefully and as a result  end up with a set of new troubles—primarily the result of my inadequate due diligence.

So What?

 Isn’t the need to check ones lie in life every bit as important and perhaps  even  more-so than in the game of Golf?

The more I listen first—check the lie—the more likely I am to have better relationships, more effective communications and a more fulfilling life.*

If what I am saying makes sense to you, I have a few simple questions: How are you doing at “checking the lies” in your life?  How well are you listening?  Do you suspend your decisions until you have a complete palette of the facts?  Do you need to make any changes or adjustments in your approach to your “life shots”?

Just asking.

*See James 1:19,22 “…you must be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger…But don’t just listen to God’s word, do what it says.  Otherwise you are fooling yourself.” (NLT)

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Larry, for reminding me to “check my lie” on a daily basis! Blessings.


  2. Posted by Craig Livingston on September 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Larry – your “Check your lie…Par 3” post really resonates with me. The Holy Spirit is constantly nudging me to “check my lie” and to listen to what I know is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, to use a golf analogy, I have and sometimes still do stubbornly want to drive the cart, and without fail end up off the path onto a soggy fairway, making deep tire tracks that take so long to repair. As I grow in my faith and listen to what God is “trying” to tell me, it is beginning to become less stressful to be the “passenger” in the cart.
    Keep the posts coming – they are very thought provoking!

    In God’s love – Craig


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