With a sport like golf, with any sport and everything else in life for that matter, there are bound to be a lot of ups and downs. So, how do you deal with everything life throws at you? A few months ago, as the competitive high school season rolled around, I was trying to figure out what mentality I should have as I play. I knew that repeating to myself things like, “I can do this,” “I’ve got this,” and “I deserve to win,” would not be the biblical approach. The truth is, I can’t do it on my own, I don’t have it together, and I don’t deserve any good thing at all. After searching and praying for God’s wisdom in this area of my life, here is what I wrote down:
In pressure filled moments, why rely on myself to get me through it? Why use my own words, try to build my own self up, and all for my own selfish gain? What a sad and exhausting struggle to try to gain success, and one all in vain. If we want perfection, why settle for anyone less than our perfect Father in heaven? If I rely on Him, He will help me through it. I need to use His own words to build Him up, to lift Him high, so it can all be for His glory! The focus cannot be on myself. By doing this, I will trade temporary glory for eternal treasure. I will not be crushed by the trials hurled at me in life, but will rise victorious because Jesus Christ has defeated sin and concurred death!
So how can I do this, and what does it look like?
- Pray before
- Meditate and recite Scripture during
- Surrender the results after
And there’s my game plan, right there. Nothing in life, whether it’s sports, music, hobbies, work, etc. should ever cause me to “take a break from Jesus.” All of life is all for Jesus. So you better believe that I’m going to play my heart out for Him!
If you’re wondering where to start, I would advise you to simply memorize one simple verse and practice reciting it to yourself. I recite a verse before hitting every single shot. It’s a way of reminding myself what’s most important and who I’m doing it for. God uses His words to give me peace in even the most pressuring situations.
Scriptures to recite:
As I spend hours on end in matches and tournaments, hitting shot after shot, walking mile after mile on the course, this needs to be my mentality. This needs to be what gets me through and what I’m playing for, because it is what truly matters in the end.