Professional golfer Tommy Bolt was playing in Los Angeles and had a caddy with a reputation of constant chatter. Before they teed off, Bolt told him, “Don’t say a word to me. And if I ask you something, just answer yes or no.” During the round, Bolt was faced with a difficult shot, the ball was next to a tree, and under a branch. He got down on his knees and looked through the trees and sized up the shot. “What do you think?” he asked the caddy. “Five iron?” “No,” the caddy said. Nevertheless, taking the five iron, Bolt said, “Watch this shot.” The caddy rolled his eyes. “Nooo, Mr. Bolt.” But Bolt hit it and the ball stopped about two feet from the hole. He turned to his caddy, handed him the five-iron and said, “Now you can speak, what do you think about that? “Mr. Bolt,” the caddy said, “that wasn’t your ball.”
It's important to run the Christian life well, but just as important to run it by the direction God has given. As the apostle Paul says, "And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules" (II Timothy 2:5). Desire, zeal, and sincerity, while noble traits, are not substitute for what the Lord has commanded us to do or not do. Jesus said, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32). Come and search His word and know His way.
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