Golf & God—All in the Follow-Through!

What most amateurs don’t understand is that the critical part of the golf swing is the follow-through and accelerating through the ball. I think the same holds true for most “amateur” Christians. Yes, I’m taking some time off and trying to work on my golf game. However, more importantly, I’m working on my relationship with God. Hang with me for a little explanation.

Most people playing golf swing the club back, often quickly and/or violently, but forget about the critical importance of the downswing and accelerating through the golf ball. Instead, they actually decelerate through the ball and the result is weak shots that don’t go very far and likely off line. The pros understand that you have to follow-through with the swing and accelerate all the way past hitting the ball with the club face square to the ball.

OK, enough golf. I hear from many so-called “Christians” who do a lot of fancy talking but don’t follow through on what they’re saying. Rather than “accelerate” what they are hearing, and often preaching, in putting it into action, they “decelerate” and don’t follow through. For example, the essence of Christianity—in fact, the essence of God—is love. Yet, I see so many “Christians” walking in anything but love. There is simply no follow-through.

I’m guilty of decelerating with both my golf swing and God. That’s why I’m trying to understand that taking it back slower—both swinging the club and messaging about God—and following through, accelerating through the moment, is how the pros do it. I may not be a pro, in either golf or Christianity, but I can strive for perfection in both sport and life. I am more of a sinner than most so this message is first for me. However, I am sharing it in the hope that it will help at least one other person.

Follow through in every aspect of your life. And have a GREAT day!