Teeing up at Hole 1

This blog is as much a devotional as it is a tool in healing. We will explore scripture through our passion for Disc Golf and our desire for a more intimate relationship with our Father. We will learn and grow together.

Let’s take a look at a common scripture that is frequently misused, Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".

Today is full of "fake news" and a good part of it is due to not all of the information being presented. When we tee up and look down an unknown fairway that seems to dog leg left through thick trees and brush we don't know how exactly to throw. Many courses have a map with legends that tell us what the hole looks like giving us the whole "picture". We trust that the map and legend are accurate but we really don't know until we go take a look for ourselves. I've found mud pits, relocated or missing baskets, and occasionally a stray animal. The point is that we must look into all the potential information so that we can be best equipped.

When you read all of chapter 4 in Philippians you find that the second most popular verse is embedded in a letter from Paul discussing his imprisonment and the ability to endure hardships. He wasn't saying  that he flaps his arms and flies or executes that monster hyzer for a hole in one. Paul is telling us that when you are in the thickets behind a huge tree you can still play the game and enjoy it because Christ strengthens you. Don't believe me? Read it!

I have recently found myself in the thickets behind a huge tree and nowhere to throw and frankly thinking of giving up the game. Metaphors people. I've worried about finding my disc, ripping my clothes, and finishing with an embarrassing +3 on the hole. The stress simply got to me. This scripture was a step in the right direction for me. Perspective. I asked the Spirit for guidance and I took a long step to the side of the tree. I could see around it but lacked the room for a proper throw. I just tossed my disc in the middle of the fairway. It wasn't far, in fact it was almost a lateral move but now I could see the hole, far from my position but not unattainable. I will reach the basket, my disc will go in and I will move on to the next hole and tee up again, why? Christ strengthens me.

"My heart says of You, 'Seek His face!' Your face, Lord, I will seek." Psalm 27:8

-….and Shawn