My husband and I both love to watch good sports. We love the talent, hard work, tradition, and drama of sports. We even like to watch golf! This past weekend we were watching The Open and got to cheer for one of our favorites, Jordan Spieth. He hit a terrible tee shot on the 13th hole, but someone managed to still secure the win. It was like magic to watch!
In his interview while holding the trophy, he held back tears as he looked at his caddie, also in tears, and said, "You kept me in it today. This is as much yours as it is mine." Love it! How can you not love golf!
This got me thinking about sports and coaches and how interesting the position of a golf caddie is. There are few other individual sports that have this built in human support system. I played tennis for many years and my coaches were not allowed to communicate with me at all when I was on the court. Look at the pictures above of Jordan and his caddie, Michael. Always near. Encouraging. Helping. So cool!
This relationship of a golfer to
his caddie is beautiful.
The encouragement that is provided-- in actual words, or just by his presence. The reminders of what to hit and how to calm down. Someone next to you to keep you grounded. Someone to celebrate the great shots with. Someone to breathe with. Someone who knows your game as well as you do. The caddie anticipates what the golfer will do. Someone to help you figure out how to get back on track. To help you get the ball back in the fairway when the tee shot goes way off course.
Someone to stand next to you. Side-by-side.
Shoulder to shoulder.
Facing the same direction together.
Amazing, right!! I am a terrible golfer. Terrible. But I am blessed with a couple beautiful caddies in my life. These souls stand shoulder to shoulder with me as we face the Lord together. What a gift! What encouragement! This, I believe, is a glimpse of God's Kingdom here on earth. A glimpse of true and selfless love.
I now pray each day that as a coach I can be a beautiful caddie to my clients. It is an honor to walk alongside others! Contact me if you could use someone like this in your life! To help you reach the goal and plans God has for your life. I'll stand beside you!
Read this passage to see an example of a Biblical caddie :)
2 Timothy 1 (The Message)
1 1-2 I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!
3-4 Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.
5-7 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.
8-10 So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.
11-12 This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.
13-14 So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.