Today I played golf for the first time in 1 1/2 years. I was invited by someone in my church who loves golf and lives on the 6th fairway at Beau Rivage. My Dad was home, so the three of us hit the links. It was the most awesome weather; great temperature with a nice breeze. Now I’m not going to give Tiger Woods a run for his money, so I don’t take things too serious. But, I ain’t too bad; though I will admit being last today. A bad day on the course is still a good day. I think I lost 6 balls and my golf shoes obviously sat too many years in my garage, because on the 5th hole the soles of my shoes literally began to come apart. By the 8th hole I was playing with one sole. By the 9th I felt like I was walking in mockasins with no soles. My back was killing me by the 10th green. What an awesome day!
Why? We may not always think about it, but everything that is worth anything is better when shared with people we love. Think about it. Just about everything in life is enhanced by the presence of others we can share the experience with. A funny movie is funnier when you can laugh with someone. Your favorite restaurant is better when sharing it with a friend. Golf is even better when you can play with people you care about. Even if you play badly.
All said, this journey with Jesus is enhanced by the community of intimate friend that I get to walk with. Love if fuller if we can share it. I am glad that God has me on the path I find myself. Church has taken on new meaning and new life for me. I am breaking free from lifeless religion and institutional spirituality into the beauty of organic church, oneness with Jesus and share community. Life and life more abundantly.
Does something in your spirit long for something more, something different that what you are experiencing? Is there a longing for something deeper in Jesus and others? Ask yourself, what is keeping you from experiencing it?