We've been threatening to speak with you about raising your child to greatness. Not just great golfers, but, great people. I, personally, have a bit of experience in this area as my wife and I have five adult children and 11, yup, 11 grandchildren from 1 year to 19 years. I hope you recognize that as a bit of experience.
I was raised in a very good home. My dad was strict and now, at the age of 69, I recognize his style was 'of the day' and, probably, most of what I needed to keep me from becoming a total degenerate. However, I strayed from the disciplined path starting at the age of 16. The majority of adults I know have experienced a similar rejection of parental authority in their teenage years or heading off to college. Seems kinda natural to me.
We all have the freedom to live our lives the way we want to
But, was it necessary and healthy?
We all have the freedom to live our lives the way we want to and so do our children; once they've left the nest, normally. There is much conjecture about child rearing these days and it seems that most philosophies may not be doing the job.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in Psalms 119 verse 9; "How can a young man keep his way pure?" The answer follows right after; "By guarding it according to your word."
I became a Believer in Jesus Christ when I was 28 years old. It was an inspiration of some sort that led me to begin reading the Bible on December 26th, 1980 and after reading for a couple of months, the first two and a half books of the New Testament; Matthew, Mark & Luke I said to myself; "You know, if three guys in three different styles at three different times wrote similar stories about this guy, Jesus, I think I could believe this Jesus may be who he said he is." I noticed a difference in my life shortly after as, I understand now, God made Himself more evident to me in my daily life. Why you ask? Faith in Him!!
How did this happen? Firstly, I was reading the Bible each day (his word) and learning how to pray even though the first many prayers were very infantile, but, I was learning. His word was transforming me from inside, Romans 12 verse 2. "Do not be conformed to this world, but, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Over time, I became aware and convicted about alot of things I had done and who I had been throughout my early life. As I learned more and more about being a follower of Jesus Christ, the flawed character I had and exhibited all those years began to peal away and my life became transformed into the man He meant me to be from the beginning when He created me. My view of life has completely changed from that of a 28 year old selfish knuckle head (as my Dad would say).
Do I believe all of us need to have an encounter with God through Jesus Christ and the knowledge of Who He is? Yes!!!! A thousand times yes. I'm not talking about going to church or being a Christian. I'm presenting the Kingdom of God on this earth, right now, by a belief and subjection of our lives to growing in the knowledge of Who Jesus Christ is.
Try it, you'll, hopefully, see that He is the only way.
When I say, "Try it" what do I mean? Personally go to www.biblegateway.com and go to the book of John (click on John). Read this as an adult and if still intrigued go back and read the book of Mark (click on Mark). If you don't catch a glimpse of Who Jesus Christ is, continue to read Luke and Matthew, then into Acts and Romans. I use the New International version of the Bible, but, there are many more, one of which may be easier for you to understand. You can find the various translations on the BibleGateway site, just hit the drop-down and select a different translation. (see the graphic below)
If you already are a Christ Follower, I pray you are teaching your kids by engaging with them as they read the word of God, the Bible; helping them to 'get it' as well.
This will build your kids to become Great people, Golf instruction, practice and competition will build your child into a great golfer which is terrific, but, becoming a Godly kid and adult is much more important.
Check it out and send me an email on your experiences and thoughts.
Bill Poirier (Click to send an email)
Just so you'll know, we have a mentoring program for adults and kids who want to know Jesus Christ in a more intimate way. Let us know in the email.
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