It’s been at least a year...maybe longer...since I played golf. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to play golf, I have.
I’ve made plans to play, then had the weather not cooperate in one way or another.
I’ve wanted to make plans to play, but time just would not allow it.
I really enjoy playing golf, I just haven’t been able to find someone to play with me.
I honestly think that some of the people I’ve met recently don’t even know that I ever played golf. They may think less of me if I shared my love of the game with them.
If I went and played golf now, those who have been playing golf all along are just going to point at me, stare at me, and laugh at me.
I’m afraid that if I went and played now, though, that I could hurt someone (myself included). I mean, my “slice” is really going to be amplified now (not to mention the other faults in my game).
I’m such a bad player now, that if I went and played golf I would just slow the group I’m playing with down...probably even slow down everyone on the course.
I played golf for a while when I was younger...that’s more than I can say for a lot of people...so I should be OK.
I’m just not sure if I really want to play again, after all, lots of people have never played golf or played and gave the game up and lived happy lives.
All the golf course people really care about is taking my money. They really don’t care about me at all.
Friends, we’ve got some brothers and sisters who haven’t attended our Bible classes or worship assemblies in a very long time. Perhaps they are using some of these same excuses mentioned above for not attending.
Maybe they want to come, but keep being “providentially hindered.” Maybe they make plans, but then something else they really want to do comes up. Maybe they are afraid of what their friends would think if they let them know that they are a Christian...maybe they are afraid of what the Christians at church would think/say about/to them.
Perhaps they are afraid their faults would be exposed for all to see. Maybe they feel they would just drag the whole congregation down with them. Maybe they feel they attended enough when they were younger...lots of people have quite attending church and lived happily the rest of their lives, I mean, really, all the church cares about is their money!
One day soon, I really hope to get rid of all my excuses and play golf again. Maybe all I need is for someone to invite me to play with them.
Maybe someone is just waiting for YOU to invite them to come back?