Minute Message August 20

Aug 20, 2015Tom Ellsworth

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Legendary golfer, Ben Hogan, once said, “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

History records that the game of golf as we know it today finds its origins in the country of Scotland. The first set of rules was established in Edinburgh and a few years later, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, Scotland, became the official ruling organization of the sport. However, long before that in 1491, King James II of Scotland banned golf - if caught a player could be imprisoned. The king called it an unprofitable sport. His concern was this – the game kept his men from archery practice which was essential to the defense of their country. The king had a valid point – no game, however enjoyable, can ever be a substitute for the essential. In your life and mine, a healthy spiritual life is essential – nothing, however enjoyable, can ever be a substitute for that. God gives us opportunities every day to make a genuine spiritual difference so give it your best shot. Keep your priorities straight and perhaps you’ll hit the ball the same way!

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.

Dave Barry