It is that time of year when I have to face the constant distraction to glance at the leaderboard of The Masters, the premier golf tournament of the ages, not to mention to the sports world in general. Three years ago my youngest son and I headed to Augusta, GA for the week of our lives. There is so much I could say about it but I won’t bore you with the details. If you are interested you can check these blog posts: How Do You Define Greatness? and “It doesn’t even seem real!”
This is probably as close to Master’s fame as I am going to get. Jordan Spieth, who won it that year, hit his second shot on the 18th hole to the right. We saw it coming and stood up to watch where it ended up. We had a front row seat to one of the most amazing ‘up and downs’ ever. This is the term for chipping a shot and one putting. In this case for a par. Here is the actual video of what happened.
Alright, I will stop. It was a week I will never forget!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“When we are gone, the only essential thing we will leave behind are the memories we create in the lives of those we have touched and those we love.” Michael Hyatt, Living Forward
As I transition to this final chapter of my life, I am reminded of how important it is that we think about what we are going to leave behind. How I wish I would have had someone encourage me to do consider this when I was younger, or had listened more carefully to those who tried. Whatever age you find yourself in, it is never too late to get started.
VERSE FOR THE WEEK
1 Thessalonians 2:19–20 (ESV) — For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.
I have been meeting with a number of people in preparation for our move to Milwaukee. I will miss seeing the faces I have gotten so used to and talking to those who have come to mean so much to me. I look forward to meeting new people in Wisconsin and cherish the relationships I leave behind.
This verse brings joy to my heart as I think about so many of you who are my ‘glory and joy’. There are few things better than watching people grow in their faith. Paul reminds us of this blessing in this text.
“One of the things that’s funny about hobbies, at least in my assessment, is that we really get our own hobby, we really think that one is worthwhile. But we look at somebody else’s hobby and we think it’s ridiculous that they would commit time and attention to that.”
This is a great video by Tim Challies that will give you the right perspective of sports and hobbies. If there were ever a time we needed to take to heart our perceived need to have more hobbies and sports events in our lives it is now. I like how Challies presents a good healthy balance. Sports and hobbies are to be enjoyed, for the glory of God, and for our enjoyment.
Fred Rogers provided a little vision of stability. He had the same house, the same mailman, the same puppets, and in his personal life, the same wife. In a world of fractured neighborhoods and splintered families, who can honestly say that we don’t need to see, somewhere, that such is possible?
Jenny has always loved Mister Rogers. As I have grown older I more fully understand why!
This is a wonderful article that encourages the soul and shines a ray of hope in a world that is so dark and ugly. “We are looking, ultimately, for the weight of the glory of the kingdom of the reigning Christ. But, sometimes, along the way, it’s good to be reminded that, despite all the brokenness and loneliness of a fallen world, it can be a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”
In 1997, Rogers received an Emmy Award for lifetime achievement. His acceptance speech went viral, and is widely viewed even now. You can watch it here. It is very moving.
If we only follow God when he gives us what we want, then we are not treating him as a king at all but only as a servant. For God to come first for us, he has to come first in everything, including the one thing we really do not want to give up for his kingdom, whatever that one thing may be.
This is a thought provoking article on how we view money along with other things we can put before God. It is a good reminder that it is not money that is the root of all evil, it is the ‘love of money’ (1 Timothy 6:10). We would do well to bravely ask God to speak to our hearts regarding the place that money and things hold in our hearts.