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  (Guidance for Twosomes)

            Now that winter seems to finally be over, I hope, and the temperature’s are warming up; it’s a time when a man’s heart turns to romance……. and golf, not necessarily in that order. So I thought maybe the game of golf might be able provide some insight into marriage. What follows are my Ten Steps to Maintain Par in Your Marriage (Or How to Keep the Birdies Tweeting in Your Romance.)

1. It’s not Where you play but with Whom you play that matters! Marriage, like golf is always a lot better shared with someone else than experienced by yourself. Remember, God wants to join you in your marriage too.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12   “It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! 11 Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. 12 By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.”  (The Message)

2. It’s not about how far you hit but how true you are to the fairway! Faithfulness and loyalty are great companions in marriage that make the path you walk together more satisfying.

Psalm 16:11     “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal                               pleasuresat your right hand.”   (NIV)

3. Enjoy the walk!     Marriage and golf both consist of long walks in which perspective is needed.

Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperyou and not to                           harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

4. Practice Makes Perfect!  Every relationship requires some work to maintain health.

Colossians 3:23         “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”  (NIV)

5. Concentrate on your Short Game!  Deal with the little things before they become big things.

Ephesians 4:26:        “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,”  (NIV)

6. Mulligans Matter!  Grace extended has a way of returning to you.

Colossians 3:13         “Bear with each otherand forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.                                     Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (NIV)

7. Leave the Scoring to the Pros!   A sure fired way to get lost on the course is by keeping score of the other person’s bogies.

I Corinthians 13:4-5  “Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love                                           doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me                                       first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,”
                                    (The Message)

8. Hazards Are Great to Discover Together!  Trials shared together make you stronger and make for great 19th hole stories to tell. Besides, an extra set of eyes helps find the bonus balls in the woods.

Proverbs 17:17           “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (NIV)

9. Observe the Course Wardrobe Requirements!            Wearing the right clothes opens up the whole course for your enjoyment.

Colossians 3:12-13     “ So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:                           compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with                               second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master                             forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose                            garment. Never be without it.” (The Message)

10. Never Skip the Conversation at the 19th Hole! Make time to relax and talk to each other, and especially be sure to include the Lord in your conversation.

I John 1:3       “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with                         us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.          

 

Happy Golfing!

Dan    


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