Advice From A Great Golfer

Thursday, June 6, 2024
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On April 14, 27-year-old Scottie Scheffler won the 2024 Masters Tournament — one of golf's major championships — and did it in style, by being four strokes better than his closest rival. It was his second Masters win in two years!

But if you think that golf is the most important thing in Scheffler's life, you'd be wrong. First, before the tournament started, he made it clear that if his wife — pregnant with their first child — went into labour, he would immediately drop out of the competition — even if he were winning. Wouldn't that have been amazing to see Scheffler on one of the last holes of the Masters and suddenly turn his back on $1.3 million, walk to the parking lot, and drive off to the hospital!

Secondly, before the tournament, an interviewer asked him, "You're the number one player in the world. A lot of people think that you are going to win it outright. How has golf formed your identity? How has golf formed who you are?"

(The interviewer erroneously assumed that because Scheffler is the number one golfer in the world, he must get his identity from golf.)

Scheffler — long pause — I loved his answer — "To be honest, it's a great privilege to play golf. I love it. I always want to do my best. But I don't find any identity in it. My identity comes from my faith, the One I follow, and that's Jesus. My identity isn't in my golf score. Win or lose, my identity is secure. The reason why I play golf is because I try to glorify God for all He has done in my life."

WOW!

I wonder what advice the world's greatest golfer might give us today? Would it be how to chip out of sand traps, how to drive or putt? I think not. I think that this young man might tell us to get our spiritual life together, and the other trappings in life will sort themselves out.

Psalm 146:3-5 – Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. (NLT)

Prayer: Loving God, there are a lot of influencers out there, begging for us to subscribe to their way of thinking. Help us always to put You first in our lives, knowing that Your way will never lead us astray and all other aspects of our living will follow in a manner pleasing to You and edifying to our own being. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Rick. Blessings.


    Thank you for your inspirational writing.


    Thanks for sharing, Rick. Great reminder.


    Thank you – our faith determines who we are and what we do.


    Thank you for that encouraging word. Yes, we need to be proud of what we do and what God has done for us.


    Rick – I don’t follow golf, but this testimony is awesome. Thanks for opening my eyes to the diversity in God’s children.


    Hi Rick,
    WOW! is absolutely correct. Well written and very encouraging.
    God bless.


    Great post, thanks for sharing. I didn’t see the Masters, but what a wonderful response to a very important question, praying lots of people were tuned in and took note!


    Very good words of advice in your devotional today, Rick. Yes, our loving Lord deserves to be put first in our thoughts and ways each and every day.
    Blessings for writing.


    Good morning, Rick,
    Thank you for your message today. Your devotional was great. Putting God first in all we do is very important. It’s not about us – it should always be about God – first!


    This is a wow moment to step up and encourage others to share what roots us!
    More and more are no longer buying into the trash of culture. Thank you, Rick, for sharing the succulent message to be folks of bold courage.
    Blessings.


    What a great Devotional!
    Didn’t know about this, a BIG change in the kind of response normally recorded! All the more significant after the fuss of his well-reported arrest!
    Thanks Rick, and may you be blessed “along the way” today!
    (BC Canada)


    Good morning, Rick,
    My husband is a golfer so we watch lots of golf on TV. I know who Scottie Scheffler is on the golf course but didn’t know the rest of the information you shared with us about him. I found it very interesting. I enjoyed your encouragement through his story to put God first in our lives. When we hear other people’s faith stories it helps us to remember what is important in our’s and inspires us to share with others also. Thanks for your thoughts on the importance of faith in our lives. Blessings.


    What an amazing testimony of that golfer! Thanks so much for sharing his wonderful advice!
    Blessings.


    Good morning, Rick,
    I really enjoyed your devotional yesterday, I’m not a golf type person, so I never saw what you wrote about, but I find it so encouraging what the Golf Pro said. Not ashamed of the Gospel.
    Good words indeed.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Rick, for sharing this young man’s testimony. It’s great to know there’s an athlete who has is identity in Christ instead of his sport.


    Had to print a copy of your Devotional to share with a family member. While there may be other celebrities in sport or entertainment who have similar belief and commitment, their stories are rarely heard.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional. Blessings.

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