Are you a Believer in Jesus Christ and a passionate golfer?
I bet you might be similar to me and my story; I became passionate about the game of golf when I was very young. I did everything I could to get on the golf course and improve my game. I couldn't get enough of the game, but, I really didn't have the money or family history to be a member of a golf club or able to spend days and days and hours a day working on my game.
But, the passion was there, so I did everything I could to improve my game, compete and have the ultimate goal of becoming a PGA Tour Player. The passion was kindled as I made my high school golf team and competed fairly well. I wasn't familiar with the opportunity to play college golf, but, thankfully, I got a college scholarship through the US Army (ROTC) and attended a college in Vermont. Yeah, that's right, Vermont where the golf season is about 5 months at the most. But, I had this passion, right, so I did everything I could to work on my game and was a regular member of the golf team.
Because I had an ROTC Scholarship, I had to go in the Army for a minimum of four years. My intention was to "do the time", get out and continue my pursuit of a PGA Tour Professional.
When it came time to stay in the service or get out; I was blessed enough ... to make the decision to stay in The military.
Well, the best laid plans, right??
I met the woman of my dreams my Junior year of college, got married right after graduation and headed into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. We were stationed in Germany for our first three-year assignment where golf, certainly wasn't the first, second or third priority. Well, maybe my wife would attest that golf was my second priority and, I almost lost her and my family because of making golf that high a priority. We had a baby during this time as well, so golf took a lower and lower priority.
What happened to the dream?
I had it in my mind still, but, our second child and a new assignment in the States continued to push the golf dream further and further down the list. When it came time to stay in the service or get out; I was blessed enough, even without a personal relationship to Jesus Christ, to make the decision to stay in the military and attend flight school rather than get out to play professional golf.
The next four years, I had two more military assignments, but, the most significant thing in my entire life happened in 1981; I became a committed Believer in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Now the priorities became even better established as I made the Lord first, wife second, family third, job fourth and the rest (where's golf) of the priorities behind any of those. Who had time??
The Lord blessed my time in the military with becoming a man, husband and father and, through His word and a bit of fellowship, I became a mature follower of Jesus Christ. What a miracle.
But, golf?? What about the passion for golf?? Read more.......
Trying to follow the Lord's will regarding ministry and the platform of golf.