Though we make plans and set goals, we leave everything to the will of God.
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There are not as many people playing golf today as in the past. This fact might be due to how expensive golf is or to golf’s élite status. Golf course owners realize that if they don’t capture the attention of young golfers, this trend might continue. Enter S.N.A.G., an acronym that stands for Starting New At Golf. It’s hoped that by getting young children to play S.N.A.G. they will eventually play regular golf.
Whether that happens or not, playing S.N.A.G. is a blast. Loveland, Colorado has a specially designed S.N.A.G. course at one of their municipal links. My family and I played a round to celebrate our oldest grandson’s birthday.
This picture is of his younger brother. I don’t know where he learned this pose, but he was sure that he was going to hit his tennis ball into the hole. He made this pose more than one time. He’d place his ball on the tee, point his finger, and swing three or four times before hitting the ball.
It never made it to the green let alone the hole.
I know that if we don’t have goals we won’t achieve much. Yet having goals doesn’t always mean we will achieve them either, nor does it mean that our goals are God’s direction for our lives.
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog– it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15 New Living Translation
My father would often say something like, “We’re going to play golf today, if the Lord wills” and he meant it. He taught us children that it’s okay to plan yet everything is in God’s hands. I know that he had plans for his business and he worked those plans. Sometimes those plans came true and at other times they didn’t. Yet in everything he trusted God’s will.
As you go about your day today making plans and setting goals may you ultimately leave the results in God’s hands.
Text and Picture copyright Douglas P Brauner