Wanted: Golf Pro, General Contractor, and Devine Assistance Par 5

This is the “Remodeling Season” of my life.  I keenly desire to remodel—read transform—my golf game, the home in which I live and the way I conduct my life.  There is a substantial gap between where I am and where I want to be in each of these three areas.  Interesting, to me, is base similarity shared by each of these three areas.  That is to say:IMG_1493

In order to get to here…

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I have to go through here!

You might ask: “So what do these pictures of your house have to do with my golf game or my life for that matter?”

It’s a fair question that has a straightforward simple answer that no one really wants to grapple with.  In order for things to get better they first have to get worse.  Because the process of remodeling by it’s very definition involves the removal of some of the old to make room for the new.  This is always discomfiting.  There is no easy “wriggle your nose” way to escape the pain associated with the desired changes.

For my golf swing I have had to seek help from someone more skilled than I, with a trained eye to first help me understand what needs to be changed and then do those necessary things to make the needed changes. The final piece of the puzzle, golf wise, is my willingness to go through the pain to achieve the results I say I desire or will I stay on this side of the fence and merely long for a better game.

The same is true for the remodeling of our house.  We are at present in the midst of what is projected to be a 5 to 6 month process to reconfigure our home to be more amenable to helping my wife and I strive to achieve the goals we feel set before us. Is it uncomfortable at the moment?  Yes.  Is it challenging? Yes.  Is it worth the mess? Absolutely!  We are invested financially, emotionally and spiritually in what lies ahead.  It’s an exciting time and we are finding ways to enjoy the journey not simply endure it.

Last, you might ask, if you have not already intuited where all of this is going: what does any of this have to do with your spiritual life Larry?  My answer: Everything! The more I have studied and the older I get, the more I have come to embrace the reality that a God centered life is the very best life for me.  I have discovered that for me this is an ongoing project that will take me through the rest of this life.  The prize—eternity accompanied by Our Creator—is huge.  My entry fee has already been paid, but the journey to reach the prize will of necessity be messy and yes, at times, perhaps uncomfortable, but I am convinced the prize is worth it.

As a result of my stated desire, I have begun to take very seriously and have personalized, the prayer Hebrew King David prayed some 2900 years ago:

“(God) You know when I sit down or stand up.  You know my thoughts even when I’m far away…Search me O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”  (Psalm 137:2,23-24 NLT)

In other words—“God take me as I am and show me the areas of my life that need to be remodeled to more closely align my life to that which delights you—I will gladly endure whatever discomfort or pain— and please be my escort from this point forward on into everlasting eternity with you.  Amen”

Any remodeling you need to do?

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