We have guests in our house this week. Rebekah’s cousin Zandra from Georgia, and her husband, Ed, are visiting for a little spring break R&R – she’s a teacher – and it puts us on a semi-vacation footing ourselves.
Consequently, later this morning, I’ll be playing my second game of golf in three days. That’s unprecedented for me. Finally, after years of saying things like, “I wait too long between games for muscle-memory to kick in…” and, “I’d probably score much better if I ever played more than once a month…,” we get to see if it’s true!
The theory is sound. There should be things I learned on Wednesday that will pay off today. I hit the ball 92 times, so today – theoretically – this time I should be able to document a little improvement.
BUT…. On the other hand, I tore a muscle in my shoulder on the 15th hole the other day and limped my way in without hitting a single fairway. That can’t be good!
I promise to be honest, and I’ll report my score tomorrow even if it balloons over 100.
LENT: This whole conversation is making me think about Lent. A lot of us adopt spiritual practices this time of the year that are otherwise rusty from lack of use. We don’t “warm up” so to speak. Then, instead of growing closer to God, we overreach, tear a spiritual muscle of two and become discouraged.
The best way to nurture our faith is to cultivate spiritual practice over the long haul, and to develop our relationship with God through daily disciplines that strengthen the relationship with God over time.
Now it may be that I do really well today, despite the damage from going in cold turkey. But the likelihood remains I’ll be recording something north of 100.
We have just over a week now before Palm Sunday. Let’s at least make sure we’re ready for Holy week, stretching our spiritual muscles every day between now and then, preparing ourselves for the coming of the King!
In love, and because of love – DEREK