G.O.L.F. and God: It’s Not How You Start, But How You Finish
On Sunday 04.10.11, Charl Schwartzel won the Masters Golf tournament and the coveted Green jacket. In order to win Charl fought off many a challanger. During the tournament at least 8 men held or were tied for the lead.
Many interesting things happened on that Masters Sunday, and the lesson that I took from that day is that it is not how you start, but how you finish. The leader at the beginning of the day was Rory McIllroy and he faded fast. It’s not how you start but how you finish. Tiger Woods had an unbelievable front nine score of 31 and was tied for the lead. He could not capitalize on his great run and finished fourth. Many other great golfers also made a run but did not win.
Schwartzel ended up birdying the last four holes and taking the title outright. He made great shots and sank his putts with nerves of steel. The book of revelation says in verse 21:
21(AX) The one who conquers,(AY) I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as(AZ) I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
In other words it’s not how you start your Christian walk, but how you finish. You may look good in the front nine as Tiger and Rory did, but if you do not finish you do not win the trophy.
I close with the words of the Apostle Paul: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives(A) the prize? So(B) run that you may obtain it.
Until next time,
Hit ’em hard, hit ’em far, and hit ’em straight, and finish strong