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Living with Imagination

B - 1 (1)bbWhile watching a PGA golf match on television the other day, I caught an interview with the professional who, at that point, was on top of the leader board. When he was asked, “Do you have a strategy for what it’s going to take to handle the pressure and win this tournament?”, I expected him to say something like, “Going to have to keep focused, stay in the moment, play one shot at a time, and not worry about what others are doing.”

But the player caught my attention with a slightly different approach. While probably echoing the counsel of a sports psychologist, he said something that had it’s own sense of inner spirituality. Something like, “I need to stay focused on the truth of what I know—the lie of my ball, the distance to the hole, the club I need, and where my ball needs to land to set up the next shot. More than once he mentioned thinking about what is true.

His words acknowledge what we all know. It’s easy to get distracted by our imagination rather than using it to advance the truth of who we are, and what we are here to be and do.

Being so inclined to get ahead of myself—to worry about what might happen; or to lag behind the challenges of the present moment— reliving past mistakes, over and over, obsessing on what I can’t fix or control, I found the answer of a professional golfer life-like enough to be helpful.

It’s for some of these very reasons that, like life itself, golf has been described as one more game that is often won or lost— not on the ground of play, but between the ears.

The interview got me wondering. What does it take to focus on what we know is true— about ourselves, our God, and others, that can release the imagination of our minds—and hearts— for something far greater than a round of golf?

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171 Responses to “Living with Imagination”

  1. poohpity says:

    Knowing what is true. My that alone would ease so much for people especially when our balls lie in the ruff. Listening to imaginations founded in what is between the ears has lead to all kinds of distortions, philosophies, opinions and perspectives that often time have a shade of what is true but only just enough to get carried away into the twilight zone. Sometimes I wonder if the human race would much rather stay in that ruff because it is safe, all they know, and when the truth is found out they may have to change how they approach God, others and life.

  • remarutho says:

    Good Morning BTA Friends —

    Mart, you wrote:
    “His (the pro-golfer’s) words acknowledge what we all know. It’s easy to get distracted by our imagination rather than using it to advance the truth of who we are, and what we are here to be and do.”

    Those who are of this world naturally cling tightly to the memories of the past and the fear of the future! Agree with you, Pooh, that we have supernatural freedom to reach for the best possible course of events — excellence in building on the “foundation which is laid” by God — that is Jesus. (1 Cor 3:11)

    Bottom line on holding fast to the truth of God’s sovereignty and power:

    We do not need to hide out from the fray. If the water is swirling and muddy, wade in! You’re in the right place. The blessed Holy Spirit can do His best work when faithful believers show up and simply speak the truth of Christ in love.

    Our Lord says:
    “Strange things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. The nations on earth will be afraid of the roaring sea and tides, and they won’t know what to do. People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world. Every power in the sky will be shaken. Then the Son of Man will be seen, coming in a cloud with great power and glory…

    Then, the best part of what He says is this:

    “When all of this starts happening, stand up straight and be brave. You will soon be set free.” (Luke 21:25-28)

    Blessings all day,