What can preachers learn from golfers?

golfI’m just back from a glorious week in the Lake District walking, canoeing, canyoning, abseiling, and teaching the Bible to teens. As a way to wind down, myself and a couple of others hit the golf course today and it got me thinking about how preachers might learn something from the weird and wonderful world of golf:

  1. Keep at it. Sometimes you nail it, sometimes you fluff it. That’s life. Get to the next tee and unleash the beans once again.
  2. Practice. Don’t expect to turn up and be great. Put some time in on the range honing your skills and trying new things.
  3. Attention to detail. Little adjustments can make a big difference.
  4. Take some lessons. Keep learning. Don’t think you have nothing to learn from someone who knows more than you.
  5. Find a good playing partner – someone you enjoy hanging out with and who gently helps you improve your game.
  6. Use all the clubs in your bag. Sometimes you need to smack hit, sometimes you need something more delicate, and sometimes care and accuracy are the order of the day.
  7. Wear snazzy trousers. Ok, not really. I just thought seven was a good biblical number

Any golfers care to add anything to the list?

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