"Golf is a game of inches. The most important are the six inches between your ears."
Mr. Palmer could have made the same statement about aviation and business. Most things are won or lost due to the way we think. Years ago I worked in an organization owned by a man who actually immigrated to the United States from a foreign country. He learned the language, worked unloading ships. He took a job selling vacuum cleaners and over time bought the company! He could sell vacuum cleaners to people who were praying they would be able to get electricity to their house someday! He would tell of times of privation, even despair, but then share one of his favorite lines: “If you think you have failed, you have!”
There’s a lot to his statement. Arnold Palmer understood the value of giving the game all you have until the final shot. Being behind never troubled him all that much, he knew many favorable things could happen when he kept his spirits up while refusing to panic. Panic usually makes a bad situation worse, which is one reason the scriptures warn us over and over to refuse fear. According to one business tycoon fear is an acronym meaning False Evidence Appearing Real. The truth be known, we can accomplish much more in life than we have been taught, therefore we settle for far less than we are capable of.
Jesus gives a prime example in Matthew 25 of several men who received a fair amount of money as a gift. One man made a fortune. Another a very good amount and so on. Then we come to the man who had received the same amount as the others. However, he, being paralyzed with fear, just sat on it, afraid to do anything with the gift. He ended up being reprimanded by the Lord.
Each of us possess the prime gift of life. Not many of us are going to make fortunes. A few will do well while most just get by and a few, even in America, will waste the entire gift in some form of dissipation. Consider the point; The Lord did not reprimand the gifted ones for failing to accomplish as much as the mega-buck’s guy, but He praised their courage and efforts. The fear possessed man was said to lose=waste, the gift. There was remorse by the ton.
Everyone that receives the gift of life may not be able soar to the heights, but everyone can and must make the difference of which he/she is capable. Most of the really great achievers were touched at some point in their life by someone the world had never heard of. But keep in mind, God knows the name of the ones who simply did what they could.
Matthew 25:40, “And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”
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