Golf – Focus, Direction & Consistency

Yesterday we visited Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast. We looked in souvenir shops, explored rock pools, collected shells, enjoyed ice creams… and played golf on a ‘pitch-and-put’ course. Daughter-Jo won… beating her parents and children.

I’m pretty useless. I know the principle of hitting a small ball into a small hole. I don’t have the required focus, direction or consistency.

Musing… Life is a round of golf, needing focus, direction and consistency.

Yesterday we heard of Ian Bentley’s death. He ministered in Lowestoft. Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich: ’Ian was much loved and hugely respected by all who knew him. He served the Diocese of Norwich with distinction…

He bore the news of his cancer diagnosis with huge fortitude, witnessing throughout his illness to the Lord Jesus. Many of us have lost a friend and the Diocese will mourn a faithful minister of the Gospel…’

Ian’s focus, direction, consistency…

In Hunstanton we saw the remains of St Edmund’s chapel, built in 1272.

Edmund was born in 841 and became King of East Anglia. Brought up as a Christian, he fought against the Viking and Norse invaders.

Tradition says that his forces were defeated and Edmund was captured. Ordered to renounce his faith, he refused and was executed. Edmund the martyr became the first patron saint of England…

Edmund’s focus, direction, consistency…

Today we celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. Her example of faith, duty and service are recognised and respected throughout the world.

She said: ‘For me, the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.’

Queen Elizabeth’s focus, direction, consistency…

Musing… The example of Ian, Edmund, Queen Elizabeth… The good round of golf… focus, direction, consistency… Jesus, their supreme example, teacher, enabler…

Musing… Following Jesus, my life gains what my golf lacks… focus, direction, consistency.

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