Ryder Cup foursomes, partnership and working together

ryder cup Ian Poulter & Rory McIlroySo I was driving in my car yesterday and on the radio they were talking about the Ryder Cup. It was mentioned they were playing in foursomes but I had no idea what that meant. After listening for a while longer it became clear that there were two people from each team competing and I realised that 2+2=4 (actually I already knew that, but I understood that two twosomes makes a foursome). I listened for a while but I didn’t really understand much of what was going on except that we were beating the Americans which was something the commentators were very excited about. Image source: Day two in pictures from telegraph.

I had assumed that foursomes involved two people from the same team playing their own round but it became clear that this wasn’t happening. In foursomes you and your team-mate take it in turns to take shots. When you alternate play like this it must make playing the game completely different to playing alone. You have to play according to the strengths and weaknesses of your team-mate and not just your own.

When you play as a partnership you need to have confidence in your partner. If you don’t and you try to win a hole just based on your own ability then it leads to making overly risky shots and things are likely to eventually go very wrong. Successful partnerships are built on trust.

partnershipIn partnerships there are times that you need to humble yourself when your partner is a better player. The opposite can be true as well and if you are an experienced player you can help and support someone who is less experienced as you play together.

What are we like at relying on others? Will we work with others or will we only depend on ourselves? The Bible says that we weren’t created to be alone. I believe that we were designed to co-exist and work in partnership with others.

Are we willing to humble ourselves and let those with superior skills and experience take the lead at the right times? This can be hard for some, but we need to realize that one of the reasons we need partnership is because none of us can do everything.

Are we willing to help and work with those who are struggling. Sometimes it’s easier to accomplish a task by ourselves, but partnering with someone who is new to that area of work gives them a chance to learn and develop. Are we willing to invest in and help others?

Will we partner with God? God is willing to work with us but will we choose to join him in what he is doing or would we rather cope alone? When we work with God, do we see ourselves as his special advisor or are we willing to let him lead? If we understand who God is, that he knows everything and is all-powerful then we shouldn’t have any problem allowing him to be Lord. Jesus is willing to walk with us through life and he will help us to carry our burdens and stresses as we trust in and learn from him.

God is with us in life. Like a Ryder Cup partner that never misses a shot God is with us and we can see his power and strength working around us.

God is living in us through his Holy Spirit. When we receive his presence and power within us we can be given a new perspective and understanding as well as power to do things we otherwise couldn’t. Will we ask God to fill us more with his Holy Spirit or do we just want to rely on ourselves?

God is willing to partner with us. What a privilege? Do we want to join him in his work? I hope so.

I’m no expert, but 10-6 sounds good doesn’t it?

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to Ryder Cup foursomes, partnership and working together

  1. To continue the metaphor a little, the great thing about being in partnership with God is that when you hit a wild shot into the bunkers of life he can chip it out onto the green beautifully, and then invites us to play again.

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