Thursday, February 14, 2013

Re-Training our Minds

According to one golf psychologist  golf's intrigue comes from  hitting that good shot- because it releases endorphin's in the brain thus subtly addicting the player.

Daughter Georgia has been playing close to ten years now and we have gone back and forth on the "secret" to golf and we finally agree on it.

Her mechanics are solid and has an envious swing. She is is a "driving range phenom" . How to translate all of that God given talent into low scores is a totally different matter. What a head game golf is! My left foot, my grip, my take-away- these thoughts  in competition can drive the better golfer mad.

And so the secret appeared. The secret to golf is to stare down the target and swing like a five year old. Just as one trusts his ability to drive a car a golfer has to trust his swing. Caution to the wind. You know all of the fundamentals, the proper grip, the stance, just trust!

And so it is with the Christian life- you have studied the scripture, you pray, you have read and most importantly you have committed your faith in Jesus Christ. Yet you are stuck- you are too introspective and go through a litany of faith tests and fail everyone of them. It's because you are looking inside.

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, this is the way; walk in it." (Isa 30:21) So walk in it!

And that is as charismatic as I will ever get.


  1. Haha, that doesn't sound very charismatic to me!

    Great golf analogy. I guess that's getting at why Christ says the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to children... who else blindly trusts and loves so deeply?

    But its interesting to think about how both simple and complex faith really is. You're right that you can know scripture/pray/witness and still have "little faith" but then there are people who have deep faith who haven't practiced spiritual disciplines "enough"... I guess we just have to ask God to help us hear that voice saying walk in it.

  2. "Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul...It is not he that reads most , but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian." - Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

  3. i like your charismatic comment. but you know it is the Holy Spirit who illuminates scripture right?