So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to God’s church, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may know God’s love. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Tuesday morning – early – I set off for Charlotte with my friend George. George had tickets to the practice rounds for the PGA Championship (one of golf’s four majors), so we spent the day walking around the stunningly beautiful Quail Hollow golf course.
I was torn between taking photographs of the spectacular venue, and grabbing a few shots of some of my favorite players. I know, every single golfer who qualified for the tournament is already one of the elite few – but then there is another layer, those who have the skill, and the presence, to be at the very top.
So we kept a lookout for – and found – Phil Mickelson, Jordan Speith, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Steve Stricker, Kevin Chappell, VJ Singh, and several others who we should have recognized but didn’t.
What I found remarkable was the consistency of the high level of play. These guys are not unusual physical anomalies, they simply apply a singular level of practiced competency, utilizing every ounce of talent, strength, concentration, and determination to every shot.
Watching them (and, yes, these guys are good) made me realize what a huge gap there typically is between the gifts we are given and how we make them count in our day to day lives.
Am I at the top of my game as a writer? As a husband? As a friend? As a speaker? As a member of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church? As a follower of the Way of Jesus?
Enjoy the photographs. There are a lot, but I’m confident you will enjoy them all. And – while you’re looking – think about the level of practiced competency God wants to see in the day to day practice of your faith, as a bringer of light, love, and life to the world where we are called to be witnesses.
Called to live faith out loud! Called to be light and life! Called to tell the truth about the Gospel of Love, simply by the way that we live, and who we are.
In love, and because of love – DEREK