So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts into wisdom.
Pace of player is one of the biggest issues confronting the PGA Tour. Sunday final rounds are regularly over five hours. The players are getting tired of waiting for slow groups ahead and tv can’t keep viewers tuned in for these marathon rounds. This problem is also something amateurs have to endure at their local clubs. Players are not ready to play when it’s their turn. Some tarry around the green filling out a scorecard or talking on a cellphone. Then there are those who drive the ball 220 yards, yet wait to hit their 280 yard approach into a par 5 green. We all love the game, yet we don’t have the time or desire for our Saturday to hijacked by these human rain delays. The Bible speaks to the importance of valuing our time and how quickly it passes. As a wise man once stated, “life is like toilet paper in that the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” We should be great stewards of the time with which we are blessed. Golf is a great activity for exercise, socialization as well as a diversion to real life. However, we have greater priorities of our time as Christians. We should give the majority of our time to Christ. This time is spent in study, prayer and working for God’s kingdom in our church and surrounding communities. Our second biggest priority is to our families. Just as our golf games require practice, so must we put in the work to become committed to our spouse greater uniting our ability to serve Christ. Our children need our support and continual presence their lives. We have to remember golf is an activity, not a priority. It is said in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “when I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” My prayer is to live a Christ centered life with a family and group of friends who enjoy the same – in turn we will strengthen each other!