Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord. – Philippians 4:4-7
Here’s the question: What can be done on a winter’s Saturday in North Carolina, when it’s barely fifty degrees, wet and muddy underfoot, and misty with the promise of rain? The answer – of course – is to get out there in the fresh air and play some golf.
While the little white ball only cooperated marginally, the day itself was perfect. There’s a stark beauty to the winterscape of bare trees on rolling hills, the grass mostly brown other than up on the greens.
I had to hit the ball high because it wasn’t going to roll in the soft, muddy ground. But the greens were running fast and pure, and the putts simply wouldn’t stop rolling. I hit the ball better than ever, then had no finesse around the greens and – consequently -scored poorly. But the game was all kinds of fun, the fellowship of good friends enjoyable, and the brisk air invigorating.
In my men’s Bible-study group Saturday morning we talked about the difference it would make to this world if all Christians lived their faith out loud, if people of faith freely embraced the deep joy of knowing God, and if followers of Jesus let the Good News spill out and all over, without being preachy but just letting love have its way.
What if all Christians lived their faith out loud? if people of faith freely embraced the deep joy of knowing God? and if followers of Jesus let the Good News spill out and all over, without being preachy but just letting love have its way?
I thought about that later that morning, as I drank in the goodness and celebrated creation. I hope my joy is evident, and I pray that some of it bubbles over and into the lives of others.
So enjoy these few pictures of a North Carolina winter’s day. I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be living in this beautiful place, surrounded by such good people.
Peace, blessings, and the promise of more tomorrow – DEREK