fieldThough I enjoy golf I rarely shoot as well as I think I should. The truth is for as little as I actually DO golf, I have no right to think I could shoot any better than I do.

When I was younger I used to get pretty frustrated at my inconsistency— the unbelievably awful shot that would follow one of the best drives of my life. The “snowman” (8) that would follow a highly prized par. My temper was often ruining the joy of the experience for me, and sometimes for those along with me.

Eventually I made a shift in thinking that helped. I identified three priorities for enjoyment in a round of golf:

1.     Play my best, and hopefully score better than I had last round.

2.     Appreciate the camaraderie and friendship of spending a half-day with a group of good men.

3.     Soak in the beauty of the invariably pleasant, and often spectacular, surroundings of the golf course.

I then decided if my score is going south, or more accurately, north, to hold that priority lightly and not let it ruin the other two sources of enjoyment of that day.

Recently my son and I watched the final day of competition for the Masters Golf Tournament held annually at Augusta National Golf Club. For those who love golf, or even those who simply enjoy sports and nature, the scenery, history and human elements of Augusta are tough to beat.

Here’s a clip about Augusta from a current pastor and former caddy that reveals some of the deeper stories going on at that course. Finding God at Augusta. His point reminds me of one of the highest callings I believe men have in life— elevate others, not yourself; be a source of blessing to them.

What lessons have you learned from the game of golf? I’d like to know.