// Disc Golf //

Posted: May 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Recently a few of the guys at Summit Ridge Church got me hooked on Disc Golf. If you don’t know what disc golf is, simply put, it’s like ‘real’ golf but with frisbees instead. If you still don’t understand here is a video on how to play. I figured after my knee surgery, this would be a great way to ease my way into more strenuous activities but I soon found that I was watching videos on how do play better and what discs to buy for different types of throws. For those of you wondering about the different discs…again its like real golf in the aspects of clubs. Some discs curve more than others, some fly longer than others, etc.  This is my bag of ‘clubs’:

Each disc does something different, its a part of the whole. Without the others the job can get done, but its not done in the best way possible and the strengths of each disc is not being used to its potential.

The body of Christ is the same way. Just like the discs, we are all gifted differently. The strength of one person may not be the strength of another but when we work together, the goal can be achieved efficiently and with higher quality.

In 1st Corinthians 12, Paul writes about the body of Christ and its many parts. If you read verses 14 – 26, Paul clearly states that each individual part of the body NEEDS the others, that we are to care for the other parts of the body that are not our own. It is the differences in all of us that make up the body of Christ and when one part of the body suffers, we all suffer as a result.

A few verses later Paul talks about striving to better our gifts, to grow in the gifts that are the most helpful to the body of Christ. Even then he breaks to give an amazing piece of wisdom. Chapter 13, 1-7 gives the definition of love and states that even with all the gifts that we are given if we do not use them, grow them, grow others and grow the Kingdom, IN LOVE, we have gained nothing. In other words we can grow our gifts and we can walk with others that are doing the same, but when we are weak or broken, or if another is weak or broken, if we do not love, the body is broken, we are broken…all of us, together.

Spiritual gifts are given to us to bless the Lord, to honor and praise Him. We should affirm others gifts as they appear to us, we should nurture the gifts that we have and grow in them. It takes support and practice.

What I found with disc golf  is that just like anything else that you are trying to learn it takes practice. A lot of practice. There is so much to learn when you take on something new or try to grow in your abilities. The joy of the journey is that, whether its disc golf or spiritual gifts, whether you are playing in a foursome or having community with your church family, the people around us make us better and push us to grow, and growth is good.


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