How Golf Realtes to the Christian Life

I have always been a golf enthusiast. Every chance I get to play, I am out on the course. There are a few things about golf that are essential to play a great game: endurance, management, and mentality. There is no doubt that each of these qualities (or practices) are necessary for playing a strong game. The same applies to our Christian life. In order to stand strong as a Christian, the qualities of endurance, management, and mentality must be present. These qualities must be developed.

Endurance

In golf, physical endurance is key. If you are not physically in shape, playing golf will be pure torture. Of course, you can always get a cart and ride, but that is not true golf! You have to walk to get the full experience!

The Christian life brings many challenges. You have to be physically in shape to be  a strong ambassador for Christ. When time in the Word is forsaken, our physical endurance can quickly become diminished.

How Will You Use Your 86,000 Seconds?

Time is valuable. Where you choose to spend your time reflects your priorities in life. There are many things that want to steal your time. Although social networking is great in many aspects, it can also be a major time consumer if it is placed in front of other more important things. The fact is that this world wants to distract us with other things that will keep us away from serving God.

Everyone has 86,000 seconds in a day. In reality, you have less than this amount of time because a good portion of it is spent sleeping. Our time is valuable. How you use the time that you are given each day reflects your priorities. It is hard for me sometimes to get away from the things that steal my time. I’m sure it is the same for you.

In 1st Corinthians, it says:

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

-1 Corinthians 10:31

It is Important to Learn the Necessary Skills to Connect

Today, I had the opportunity to guest post for a fellow blogger, Randy Kinnick. In the guest post, I talk about connecting. Below is part of the post. I hope you will head over to Randy’s site to leave comments and get some awesome discussion going!

You can check out the post here!

 

I am currently reading a book from John C. Maxwell titled “Everyone Communicates Few Connect”. If there is no connection, you are really not communicating effectively. Maxwell says that connecting with others all starts with your attitude.

“The ability to connect with others begins with understanding the value of people.”

-John C. Maxwell

In my post, I talk about the skills and tips for connecting with people:

  • One-on-one
  • In a group
  • With a large audience

To read this post, please click here!

Communicating and Connecting Helps Increase Your Influence

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I am reading the book by John C. Maxwell about communicating. It has been really helpful thus far! As I am going through this book, I want to highlight some of the major concepts in the chapters because they are really helpful!

In the first chapter of the book, Maxwell says:

“It’s not enough just to work hard. It’s not enough to do a great job. To be successful, you need to learn how to really communicate with others.”

This quote is so true. Communication with others is extremely important. But more importantly- connecting while communicating is key!

This is how Maxwell defines connecting:

Connectingthe ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.

For this reason, connecting and effective communicating is vital to be a successful leader. This is why I am reading this book. I want to be able to communicate and connect in ways that I could have never thought I would have been able to do!

Everyone Communicates Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

Recently, I started a great book called “Everyone Communicates Few Connect” by John C. Maxwell. I have read the first few chapters of this book, and it is incredible! The tagline of the book is: what the most effective people do differently.

Already, I have learned so many concepts from this book. Really, communicating is everything. I’m sure we could all say that we have had a time where we meant something that didn’t come out quite right or a time when we tried to present an idea that was overturned simply because we didn’t communicate the idea effectively.

This book is so great…that I thought that it would be a good idea to highlight some things from it in a series of posts. I’m gonna take a little break from the “Defining Character” series because I need a little bit of extra time to develop it more. I could literally spend my whole life on this blog writing aon the character series…so I think it will be good to take a little break from it.

The Players Championship 2011 Behind the Scenes

For the past two days, I have had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Junior Course Reporter program through The First Tee at a local golf course, the TPC at Sawgrass. The whole program allowed us to go behind the scenes in the golf tournament. It was awesome! I talked all about it in the two blogs I wrote about the experience on the PGA TOUR site. If you want to check out the blogs with pictures and everything, you can check them out here!

Here is the first day:

When I walked through the entrance to the TPC at Sawgrass to take part in the Junior Course Reporters program, I did not know what to expect. Even though I had an idea of what might occur, I was shocked to find that the experience exceeded my expectations. Although I have been to a few golf tournaments, I have never been able to experience all of the “behind the scenes” of a PGA TOUR golf tournament.

Being Sexually Impure is Like… by Dustin W Stout

I saw this post over at Dustin W. Stout’s site. It was so good that I wanted to share a little of it over here. (By the way, the reason why I share so many posts from other writers is not only because they are good…but because it spreads the word about other awesome sites to follow!)

Dustin goes on to say:

Sex is everywhere. We live in a society that is shamelessly embracing it on an increasing level. It’s all over the television, billboards, magazines, music, and the internet. Our world is not just selling it anymore, it’s giving it away. Every day it becomes less of a big deal. This is why we must go to battle.

The world tells us, “It’s not a big deal, it’s just sex.” The world convinces us that “everybody’s doing it.” The world tells us that it’s fun and as long as you’re ‘safe’, it’s okay.

God created sex as a beautiful pure shameless secure display of trust and intimacy between a husband and wife. He created it for the context of MARRIAGE.

Effects of Birth Order on Personality

    

It is evident that everyone has different personality characteristics and ambitions. Although most can notice a common personality connection between individuals of the same birth order, many respected researchers have confirmed the direct correlations between one’s birth order and personality traits. For example, first-borns are often known for being logical, ambitious, perfectionists, and are characterized by being natural leaders. Middle children, however, have been shown to possess characteristics completely opposite of the firstborn in the family. Generally, the middle child is noted to be shy, rebellious, and diplomatic. Although these characteristics hold true in some middle children, studies have shown that middle children can also be extroverted. The lastborns in the family are usually known for being idealists, adventurous, and humorous. Another type of individual is the only child. These individuals are typically more mature, responsible, and self-centered. Although studies and observations from researchers have shown the positive correlations between one’s birth order and personality to confirm their observations, there are a lot more factors that determine an individual’s personality. To simply conclude that all middle children are going to be rebellious would not be an accurate statement. Even though birth order largely contributes to personality, it is the environmental factors that actually determine one’s life.

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