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    Bobby Jones, one of golf’s greatest players, was only five years old when he first swung a golf club. By the age of twelve, he was winning club tournaments. At the time, he was known for his hot temper and he soon had the nickname “Club Thrower.”

    Jones became friends with a man named Grandpa Bart, who worked part-time in the club pro shop. Bart had been an excellent golfer, but had retired when arthritis gripped his hands. After Bobby lost the National Amateur Tournament at the age of fourteen, he said, “Bobby, you are good enough to win that tournament, but you’ll never win until you can control that temper of yours. You miss a shot — you get upset — and then you lose.”

“You’ll never win until you can control that temper of yours.”
    Bobby knew Grandpa Bart was right and he set to work to improve — not his swing, but his mood swings. When Bobby won a major tournament at age twenty-one, Grandpa Bart said, “Bobby was fourteen when he mastered the game of golf, but he was twenty-one when he mastered himself.”

    Norms and records are always established in relationship to other people’s performance, but the true standards of success are established within, and then lived out in relationships. As Christians, we allow outside influences to “throw off our game,” rather than place our lives in the hands of the Master. The wise man warned us long ago that“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” (Proverbs 25:28) But, Paul told Timothy, we don’t have to live with broken down walls! “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

    Today remember that our greatest hindrance to being true servants of God and a blessing to others can be ourselves.


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Title: "Temperament"
Author: Timely Truths
Publication Date: August 13, 2000

 

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