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Jun

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2021

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June 23, 2021 – Click here to listen

This week we had out of town guests and I took them fishing both days of their visit.  The first day was excellent and we loaded up on fish including one trophy slammer, but the second day was, well, dismal. We fished the same area under similar wind and weather conditions, but they just would not bite and we caught the bare minimum.

I quit playing golf under similar conditions. I wanted to spend more time with my kids, and they had the “golf fever” so I bought an expensive set of clubs, shoes, and accessories, took a few lessons and practiced some. So, one day I went with my youngest son to the golf course to shoot a round. I shot the best game of my life and ended with a score in the low 80’s. I felt so good about it that I took the next day off to play again.

The next day was beautiful and a mirror image of the prior day. I was confident that I would exceed my previous day’s score on the exact same course. However, at just the ninth hole I was already at a miserable 120 strokes, and I had just knocked my ball into a lake. Suddenly I walked over to a large tree and swung my club as hard as I could and broke it in half. I glowered at my son and told him if he wanted my golf clubs to get them otherwise, I was throwing them into the lake. He said, “I’ll take ‘em,” and I told him through gritted teeth, “Well get them they’re yours.” He scrambled over to them and quickly put them on his golf cart smiling at his good fortune.

I turned on my heel and stalked all the way back to my car muttering unprintable things about the game of golf and its inventor. To this day I have not played golf one time and have often stated that I would not get out of the electric chair to play golf.

In both scenarios one day was fabulous and the very next, under the exact same conditions, was awful. I have concluded that all of life is like that. It is how we react to it that makes the difference. In the case of fishing, I have come to realize that there will be good and bad days and that is the nature of fishing even for the best anglers in the world. Golf is similar and even the most elite golfers have miserable days.

I reacted entirely different to both scenarios. I quit playing golf because of a bad day and missed out on years of enjoyment with my three avid golfer sons and golfer friends. I didn’t quit fishing even after a few really bad days and thanks to my perseverance have enjoyed a wonderful hobby for decades.

So, my point is that we ARE going to have bad and good days. Nothing can be done about that part of the equation, but how we react to each of them is what is most important. Today I’ve come to learn just to take things in stride and try to gracefully accept the bad with the good. I’ve also lost much of the swagger when standing in in the winner’s circle and TRY not to run my mouth too much when I happen to win.

So, if this day or season is wearing you out just remember that change is inevitable. Just forge ahead with an eye to heaven!

Isaiah 40:28
“ . . . don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out. He offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up, but those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not faint.”

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