What does that mean, you say? My focus here is on the Open Doors for the Open outreach that is forming at the Village Chapel in Pinehurst during the U.S. Open this year, so I wanted to add a Christian focus to this grand event that will be completed today on the storied links of Augusta National. My personal caution is to ensure I am not a gong striking in the wilderness and I can write with clarity and purpose. Lord help me.
Our main objective for Open Doors for the Open is to present a loving fellowship experience to those visiting the U.S. Open and hope they will discover Jesus Christ while they are there in Pinehurst. We know that God is the creator of all and in all. No debate in that unless you don't Believe and our discussion would take a much longer time to debate than these few 'bits" on these pages. So let's assume that God "is", His Word is pretty clear about that. In that regard, His providence is showered down upon all of us, the just and the unjust, so I don't believe any of the Pro's within 4 to 5 strokes (or possibly more) from the lead in the Masters have an edge on the other. It will be God's will whoever wins this Sunday.
What's more at stake is the state of the souls of those folks that, I said above, I wasn't going to debate. The grandeur of the Masters and, for that matter, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, reflect the glory of God. It calls out to all of us to focus on the fact that He is all and in all. This fact alone allows us to relax and know that He is God. He is revealing Himself on the grounds of Augusta National. He will be present and evident at the Open on Pinehurst #2 in June. There is no need for us to debate His existence and/or His participation in all of the beauty and excitement and, results of the Masters or the Open.
I believe we have five golfers on the leaderboard who are professing Believers in Jesus Christ; Bubba, Rickie, Matt, Jordan and Kevin Streelman. What I like best about these Pros is their dedication to their craft, their profession of faith and their enjoyment of life. These qualities are those that speak loudly about the state of their heart and their character as Believers.
I pray all of the competitors in today's final round of the Masters will show the love and grace appropriate for those who Believe and that the next Champion will bring Him glory. I pray for the same at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst.
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