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September 16, 2014

Finding My Father in My Golf Swing

by Dave Malnes

I couldn’t believe what I was watching on the video!

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I took my two sons to the driving range to work on our golf swings. This time, I brought the video camera to further analyze our swings and offer instruction.

After filming my sons, I asked them to take a short clip of my swing. After loading the video onto my computer, I couldn’t believe it.

I was watching my father’s golf swing!

My father loves to play golf. He patiently taught me the basics of the golf swing since I was a small boy. During those times we played golf together, I vividly recall watching him play and desiring to emulate his swing.

father_son_golfNow, many years later, watching my swing brought back memories of watching my dad play golf. I looked just like him. Was it DNA? Was my swing a product from quality teaching? Was I successful in training myself to copy my father’s swing? Maybe.

Perhaps it was out of love and desire to be like my dad, to share in a mutual interest, to be a chip off the old block that had the greatest effect on my golf swing.

I wonder how that could be applied to my spiritual life?

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

We believe and become the image of our Father. Faith receives His perfection, His worthiness, His righteousness. We become His presence dwelling within us. We are holy because our Father in heaven is holy. We bear the fruit of the spirit because of our connection to Christ. We become like Christ in our words and actions, because the presence of God resides in our body — His holy temple.

s41305cb114471_19In some respects, faith receives the DNA of Christ. In Christ, we become the living, speaking image of God and bring His presence, His reflection into the world.

The Bible tells us to train ourselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7) and to work out our salvation (Phil 4:7) or exercise our faith. We are given a pattern to model and instructions to follow in the Bible, yet often find ourselves falling short.

The secret to godliness is trust that godliness is there. It just happens. It less training then just being who I am in Christ. It’s taking self completely out of the picture and resting in His promises. It’s understanding that only in my weakness, then I am strong.

We believe and we reflect the image of our Father. He lives in us. By remaining in Christ, we bear fruit. Like a healthy tree that can’t help but to bear fruit, the fruits of the spirit are a spiritual response of being connected to Christ. God provides and it just happens.

For the past thirty years, I didn’t consciously try to mimic my father’s golf swing, nor was I even aware of it while I was playing. Only when I watched my swing on tape, did I see the reflection. It just happened.

For those who trust in God’s promises and what Christ has already done for us on the cross, we are connected to Christ. His presence dwells in us. We are bearing good fruit whether we are aware of it or not.

We may not see a video of our walk in Christ, but we can be confident that the world sees us. Most importantly, God sees us, too.

For His glory!

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