Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
As I have sat for almost 2 days watching the Masters Golf Tournament, I watched how the top players putted the same holes for 4 days straight. How Rory putted faster, Justin took his time, Jordan cheered after he was patient lining things up over and over before he took the shot. Tiger threw his golf clubs after not making a simple short putt and Phil cheered when that ball went in the hole after a long and curved putt.
I thought of the title of this tournament: The Masters. I have watched how everything is so professional and the traditions of what they do each year are reviewed over and over. This tournament is special; this tournament is the “one” golfers feel honored to make the cut. I guess when they are #1, they have “mastered” the Master’s. What have they accomplished? All their hard work came to this one moment, where everyone was watching. They have practiced for years some of them, have studied and put lots of money in equipment to make them better.
As I lay here thinking of “The Masters”, I thought about my son and what he has mastered so far in his 13 years so far.
He can talk.
He can use the bathroom on his own.
He can comb his own hair.
He can write.
He can microwave his own Pizza Pockets.
He can tie his own shoes.
The list of what he has mastered (some just happened) is great, but why is it most days I focus on what he hasn’t mastered? Why do I concentrate more on what he doesn’t know than what he does?
Five years ago I would have not thought that he could be doing the things he is now (especially in Math), but he is. He is doing it. I have started to make my own list of the things that we had to teach Charlie and what he has mastered. It reminds me of all the hard work he has done (and myself) and focus on the positive, what he CAN do. Sometimes we work on a skill for years, others maybe a week or two. The longer we work on a skill the sweeter it is when he masters it. It is not taken for granted. He learned to go to the bathroom on his own after years of training when he was 5, I still get a huge smile and thank the Lord when he walks in there himself. I still don’t take that for granted.
I want to encourage you to focus on the positive, focus on what they can do and are able to do. Have that posted somewhere so when you start feeling down about what they can’t do YET, then it will remind you of where they have come. Still have goals, still dream, but don’t feel discouraged. God has HIS plan and He does all things for HIS glory.
Congratulations Jordan Spieth, 2015 Masters Champion and brother to Ellie, who has special needs!