I’m not a golfer, but the game has one of my favorite rules . . . in the event of “bad luck” or a “bad shot” the player gets a mulligan = a do-over. Simply put, that stroke is not counted against his/her score. They get to try again.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times a day I need a “do-over.”
- Words spoken that I’d like to inhale.
- Thoughts that took me down a path to discouragement.
- Procrastination that left a job undone.
- Food eaten out of emotion rather than hunger.
- Judgement rather than compassion.
- Envy rather than happiness.
- Forgiveness withheld rather than love offered.
Life is hard. Really hard. Temptation and weakness are always with me.
Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier if I just didn’t have all of these people around. If I lived in a cottage out in the middle of nowhere.
Okay, probably not.
I really am my own worst enemy. I don’t need anyone else to tank my mood. I’m quite capable of doing it all by myself – thank you very much!
I need a mulligan. Okay, more than just one.
Normally a golfer gets one mulligan for every nine holes, but at the beginning of some charity golf tournaments, a player can purchase mulligans . . . a way to plan in advance for bad shots.
What a huge blessing to know I have mulligans. Countless mulligans. And they are a gift of God’s grace. Even if I wanted to I couldn’t purchase them for myself.
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault. Colossians 1:21-22
“Without a single fault.” Not one stroke counted against me.
Not one stroke counted against you.
Forgiveness born out of God’s love you and me given through Christ’s death on a cross.
When I think about this priceless gift all I can do is thank and praise, worship and adore . . . and do my best to live in a way that shows my total indebtedness to Him.
Thank you Lord, for giving us a clean score card through your death and resurrection. Help me to live each moment with complete and total gratitude and love. I praise You. I glorify You forever and always. I give you thanks forever and ever. Amen.