Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5 Things I'd Rather Do On A Golf Course Than Golf

Let's face it, golf courses are a giant waste of space. These wonderfully landscaped fields are only serving the needs of one portion of the population. The game of golf itself has been a source of stressful days, bad sunburns, and boring business deals for hundreds of years. It is time to claim these wide open spaces for more than a singular use. I therefore present the 5 things I'd rather do on a golf course than golf.

1. Go on a Picnic - I have yet to find a park as neatly kept as a golf course. Nicely manicured lawns, big shade trees, and the soft sound of a water fountain in the distance create the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon picnic. It is easy to find a flat surface to keep your lemonade balanced and room enough for you to keep a safe distance from any stray volleyball or frisbee.

2. Race Golf Carts - Granted they aren't very fast, but there's something about the combination of no seat belts, doors, or any general safety features that make the golf cart oddly exciting.

3. Sled - Because of the rolling hills and open spaces this is actually a much safer alternative than trying to navigate an icy path through the forest behind your cabin. I've actually been sledding on a golf course and will use that as proof that one day golf courses will be open for other activities.

4. Enjoy an Afternoon in Row Boat - Picture it with me: after your picnic lunch you spend a few hours lazily rowing along a pristine lake with the British gentleman of your choice.*

*You can substitute a good book for a British gentleman, but if you had the choice I don't know why you choose a book, unless you wanted to read for a bit then take a nap. In which case I still suggest a British gentleman to man the oars and to make sure you don't bump into any wayward ducks.

5. Build a Sand Castle - It is a sad and honest fact that I have never built a sand castle. I don't live near the ocean and the sand at playgrounds is better suited for burying G.I. Joes than constructing a seaside palace. If only there was a place within 5 miles of my house where I could find giant holes filled of soft and manageable sand.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Why Good Friday is Good

     When I was younger I never quite understood why Good Friday was "Good". The day that a group of people killed an innocent Jesus did not seem very good at all. I thought about referring to it as Sad Friday and decided I should spend the day in a somber, melancholy mood.
     But today, I cannot glum around and judge people that lived long ago. I am happy and hopeful and, most importantly, saved. Without the events that occurred on that Friday so many years ago I would not know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Had Jesus not been crucified he would not have had the opportunity to take our sins upon himself and then rise up from the dead on Sunday, conquering both death and sin once and for all. And if that didn't happen then I would not have the relationship with God that I have today or forgiveness of my wrong doings. It is that relationship which has saved me from death, from sin, and from a hopeless life.
     So instead of being separated, we are brought to God. Instead of trying to justify ourselves, we are given grace. Grace is a gift I gladly accept. This is a Good Friday. I have life because He gave His.

"but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."
                                                            1 Corinthians 1:23-24

I wish I could adequately express how wonderful God really is. But then again, I'm glad I can't, because He is so much more than my words could ever describe.

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