69. Knowing the Rules

“I played golf with the men’s group yesterday, “ Stan began.  “It was the most frustrating round of golf I have played in some time.”

“Didn’t play well?” I asked.

“Oh, I played fine, but one of the fellows I played with didn’t know the rules and it was frustrating to watch him break them all of the time.”

“Golf is a game with many rules.  If a person does not know the rules and does not follow them, he or she is not really playing golf as it is intended to be played.  It is frustrating to see people pretend to be playing by the rules when they don’t even know the rules.

“And,” Stan continued, “the same thing applies to the life I am supposed to live with and for God.  If I don’t know the rules or if I choose to not follow them, I am not being or doing what He intends for me.”

“Christianity is not a game,” Stan then said, “it is a life.  But it is essential for me to know how to live it well in accord with God’s will.”

“How is a person to know what God intends?” I asked.

“Know His word and listen to His voice.  It takes time, effort, and concentration, but, believe me, it is worth it to be able to hear His ‘well done, good and faithful servant!’”


Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.  Psalm 119:11.

Prayer:  Lord, you set the rules via your written commands and your voice.  You know, and I know, that I do not always hear, listen to, and obey what you have for me to be and to do.  Please forgive me, and please help me in being more attentive and obedient.  Amen.

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