I have not had the chance to play much golf of late. It seems like something is always coming up when I’d like to go out and hit the links.
But I have had the opportunity to watch a lot of golf on TV lately. I really enjoy watching how the golfer and caddie in many cases discuss what the next shot should look like: how far it needs to travel in the air, the shot shape, the amount of spin once it hits the green, the wind, etc.
While we were living in Texas, I was fortunate to attend the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tour event twice. On one occasion, I witnessed something I felt was rather profound.
I don’t remember the golfer’s name, but he was faced with a difficult shot and he and his caddie were “animatedly discussing” how the shot should be approached.
As their discussion drew to a close, I remember hearing the caddie say to the player: “Just be committed to the shot.”
What the caddie meant was that the player needed to forget about all the other shots that they had talked about and decided against and focus solely on the shot he was going to take.
One of Satan’s most effective weapons is getting us to lose our focus. He tries to bring up all of our past failures. He tries to get us to think about all the times things didn’t go as we had planned. He wants us to dwell on the things we should have done, but didn’t or should not have done but did. Or maybe think about all our successes, so we’ll think about how great “we” did.
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “...throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles.” I really think that what the writer is telling the reader is to “Just be committed to the shot.”
Don’t worry about past failures. Don’t dwell on past successes. Don’t think about what can go wrong or other things you could do.
Instead be focused on the task at hand. Be fully committed to what you are doing right now so that you can, “...run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
So, are you fully committed to your next shot?