Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Almighty reigns.”
Revelation 19:6 (NIV)
To the casual observer it was just golf. But it was really so much more. It was an unbelievable moment in golfing lore, which served to point us outside of ourselves, remind us of things we yet want to do, and expand our vision of our lives beyond the obstacles present into all the possibilities which remain.
I imagine that tears formed in eyes and throats, palms gathered sweat and pulses around the golf-viewing world quickened, as Tom Watson walked up the eighteenth fairway of the Turnberry golf course yesterday. He needed a par to complete his attempt to win The [British] Open Championship and become the oldest man—by a long-shot (a decade) and at two months shy of his sixtieth birthday—to win one of the four major golf tournaments. Announcers who have known and respected him for years couldn’t string words together into intelligible sentences to describe the moment or how they were feeling.
The words “God Almighty” in the scripture above are translated from the Greek word “pantokrator” which literally means the “One Who controls all things.” The word is used ten times in the New Testament—once in 2 Corinthians quoting from the Old Testament and nine times by John in his inspired writing of Revelation. The interesting thing about John’s use of that reminder is that at the time he wrote the book of Revelation, in approximately 90 A.D., never was there a time when the Christian church faced more suffering, persecution or the prospects of death for their beliefs. Yet in the face of those difficult times, John kept writing to remind us that God Almighty—“pantokrator”, the One Who controls all things—is still in control and still reigns.
Maybe yesterday was a reminder to one who is a couple of years older than the man who nearly won The Open Championship yesterday, that whatever your age—it’s only a number. Maybe it reminded a lot of us of all the faces of folks we have seen throughout the years who had stopped living. They were done. Retired from work. Retired from trying. Retired from life. Retired from impact and making a difference. The legacy they were designed to leave every day of their lives had “flat-lined.”
We vowed then that we would never let that be our legacy.
So what are you going through today? Retired? Just graduated from school with no prospects for employment? Lost your job or have had an unexpected career stumble? Finances short and looking shorter a little farther down the fairway? Just reached another “number” on the calendar and others are suggesting that you’re old, it may be time to stop, retire, and leave tomorrow to the next generation?
Yesterday was simply another of those reminders from the God Who controls all things—that no matter where you are in life—it’s not over. It was a reminder of the long view of life we need to continually reach for and embrace. The one that recognizes that the Lord God Almighty still reigns and holds every number of our lives in His hands—from the moment of our creation, to today, into tomorrow, and all the way to infinity and throughout eternity.
The God Who created you and me still reigns and still calls us to tee it up one more time. And then another and another. He’s in control, and as long as there is breath in our body, in His eyes we’re not done. He calls us to so much more—to reach, to serve, to touch, to make a difference, to try, to continue to have an impact, and to add to the legacy of our lives—by adding value to the lives all around us.
Tired? Okay, rest for a moment. Then get on with life!
Fallen? Take a moment to regroup. Then get on with life!
Hurt by someone? Forgive. Then get on with life!
Disappointment, heartache? Remember you’re not alone. Get on with life!
A few more aches than yesterday? Well there will probably be a few more than that tomorrow. They’re simply there to remind us that there’s still breath in our bodies and therefore still things to do. Get on with life!
And then today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life—
Tee it up…again and again and again!
The Lord God Almighty reigns and requires no less from each of us…now and throughout eternity!
In His Name—Scott