Oh Nooo!!! … Par 5

Oh no00!!!

Extra Golf - Jason Day - trouble 625x519Aug 9, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Jason Day takes off his shoes and rolls up his pants as he prepares to hit his second shot out of a wet area on the 2nd hole during the third round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.                                                                                               Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sport

Have you ever had this happen to you?  You go through your pre-shot routine, decide on your strategy, take your stance, pause just long enough to play your intended swing in your head, breath out to release any pent up tension in your body, and then…pull the trigger.  Your club head hits the ball and it rockets off the tee and as you watch…………your ball heads towards the guck and you exclaim audibly, or perhaps to yourself, “Oh Nooo!!!, how did that happen, what have I done”?

The rude reality of the situation I am challenged to remember when I faced with it, is that, it doesn’t matter HOW I got there at the moment.  What matters  is what I do with the predicament I have created for myself.  How I deal with that situation, is a true measure of my maturity level—or lack thereof—laid out for all to see, including myself.

Am I going to:

A)  Pout, take creative license with my language in an attempt to purge the self loathing I feel in the moment, kick and scream and holler “it ain’t fair” as bystanders chuckle at my behavior?  (And, by the way, still have to gather myself and deal with the mess I’ve made.)


B)  Embrace the responsibility for what has occurred, assess the situation , weigh my options in terms of what action needs to be taken, decide on which action is most appropriate and then take that action?  In short, am I going to take off my shoes, roll up my pant legs, walk into the “guck” and play the ball where it lies?

I don’t know about you but I’m going with “B” as my option of choice.  Seems pretty simple—don’t be an idiot, use sound reasoning, keep your head about you!  But, is it that simple?  Intellectually of course—but in “real life” I have to ask myself, do I, at times, allow shades of “A” creep into my supposed “B” mentality?

My answer: much more often than I would readily admit, is that while I know the right things to do, both intellectually and spiritually, I don’t do them!  This is the predicament the Apostle Paul of Biblical fame describes as his condition in Romans 7:14-8:4 (NLT). Throughout this riff he describes his desire to do the right things and to not do the wrong things and then laments “Oh, what a miserable person I am.  Who will free me from this life of sin and death?”  He then goes on to answer his own question: “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord…” (vs2–25)

I am so thankful we have a loving, forgiving, merciful and gracious Savior who stepped in to provide a way for me to get over myself and Who Loves Me even when I get it wrong sometimes.  Without Him I would be lost.

QUESTION: Who do you turn to, who does everything short of being your puppeteer to help you get things right and who still loves you when you get it wrong?  Who do you trust?  I know my answer, what’s yours?

One response to this post.

  1. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13


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