It’s All About the Recovery

The Aquila Report | 4/22/2019 | Staff
Even the best professional golfers hit some really bad shots. The difference between them and others is that they know how to recover when they have done so. So much of the game is in the recovery. This can serves as a good lesson for the Christian life in general and pastoral ministry in particular.

At The Masters last weekend, I thought about a lesson that I learned in watching professional golfers play over the years. A number of years ago, I saw Tiger Woods play the second hole at the Augusta National. The particular hole has a strong dogleg. Tiger had laid a shot up in the woods (no pun intended) under a tree limb. It was one of the least desirable places from which someone has to play their ball. I thought to myself, “Boy, that was a bad shot. I thought that Tiger Woods was supposed to be the best.” What happened next taught me an invaluable lesson. Tiger took about 15 minutes getting behind the ball, measuring the distance to the hole, looking at the branch that hung down low directly in front of the ball. When he finally hit the ball, it landed directly on the green just inches from the hole. That was the first time that I was really conscious of the fact that even the best professional golfers hit some really bad shots. The difference between them and others is that they know how to recover when they have done so. So much of the game is in the recovery. This can serves as a good lesson for the Christian life in general and pastoral ministry in particular. We all sin in the Christian life. We are all going to fail and falter. We all make unwise decisions. Every pastor will do things...
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