When I play golf, I find that there is a particular problem that I struggle with on a regular basis. At the beginning of a round, I am very conscious of my setup, my grip, the position of the ball in my stance, where my elbows are, and a variety of other things that need to be in place for me to have a decent swing. Through the opening holes, I am maintaining the level of concentration and focus that keeps those things in view. But, as the round wears on—especially in the heat of summer—I can sometimes lose concentration and, as a result, fail to pay proper attention to those important elements. When that happens, I start to spray the ball and, ultimately, lose my score, resulting in frustration which further hurts my ability to focus and concentrate. The vicious cycle ends with the disappointment of spoiling round that could have been pretty good—mostly because I failed to be consistent in covering those basic, necessary things.
As followers of Christ, we can also be vulnerable to losing sight of the basics that can help us to most effectively walk with the Savior. To remind me of those basics, I turn to the words of the Bible, including where the apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). It seems so simple, but I can easily forget this foundational reality—in everything I do, my goal should be to bring honor to my God. When distracted by other goals, or other priorities, or other values, I can forget the fact that how I engage life reflects on Him. The basics of spiritual living remind me that concern for my God’s honor needs to lead my thinking as I live, and that I can only do that consistently with His help and the guidance of His Word and Spirit. It’s just a matter of covering this foundational basic of the life of faith—my life is to be lived to give Him glory.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain