It seems like only yesterday that the PGA Tour Championship and FedEx Cup were being won by Bill Haas, the USA squad was running away with the Presidents Cup in Australia, and Tiger Woods was returning to his winning ways at the Chevron World Challenge. Yet now, after a long season, an extended silly season, and a very, very brief off-season, the PGA Tour launches its 2012 campaign Friday with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. For many of the players, there has hardly been a moment to catch their breath and it is time to get after it once again. It’s “go time” for the PGA Tour—and a poor start can undo your season before it even starts. The Tour ads like to declare, “These guys are good,” and they most assuredly are. But they had also better be ready.
In life, there is no off-season at all. Every day is “go time.” Every day is a day that our Lord has made—and one that may bear opportunities to impact someone for eternity. The apostle Peter spoke of this when he wrote: “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).
The challenge here is twofold. First, we are to live a life of confident hope in our God and His care so that the world can see the difference He has made in our lives. Then, second, we are to be ready to share that hope whenever the opportunity arises. For the follower of Christ, every day is “go time”—the question is, will we be ready when the opportunity to speak for Christ arises?
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain