No professional golfer in history has faced greater challenges than did the great Ben Hogan.
Hogan turned pro in 1930, but after a brief stint, had to take a job as a club pro – twice. Ten years later he finally stuck on the tour, only to be swept into WWII with so many other Americans. Once the war ended in 1945, he won 38 tournaments over the next five years. And that’s when everything changed.
Hogan, known for his buttery swing, nearly died in 1949 at age 36 when he and his wife were in a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus. Hogan suffered multiple fractures and life-threatening blood clots. He was in the hospital 59 days and told he could possibly never walk again. Never playing golf again was a foregone conclusion.
But the “experts” underestimated Hogan’s love of the game and his tenacious competitive spirit. Months later he won the U.S. Open. It was his competitive drive and dedicated work ethic that drove him to become one of the greatest golfers of all time. I love this golf tip by Ben:
How about you? Do you like to compete? Have you ever considered your Christian life to be a competition?
The Apostle Paul sure did. He was stoned in the city of Lystra and left for dead, but Acts 14 says, “He got up and went back into the city.” He wasn’t going to let a good stoning keep him down!
Too often I think people expect Christians to roll over and lay down when challenged. Too often Christians have propagated among themselves that Christianity equals passivity. Unfortunately, that is an extremely poor representation of Jesus and His mission to come into this world and save souls. That mentality also does a disservice to all the saints throughout history who competed for their faith in the face of certain death.
I love this Scripture passage from Revelation 19. “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God…On His robe and on his thigh He has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords. (NIV)
What do you think? Does that sound like a passive Savior, or a competitor who fights for the glory of God?
Life may be a struggle sometimes and may even get the better of you, but I encourage you, by faith in Jesus stand in there and compete knowing that the One called King of kings and Lord of lords has you covered.
Are you a competitive Christian? I would love to hear your thoughts…
In His grip,