The Christian Caddyshack
Monday, February 11, 2019
“To acquire a caddie is to have an ally in the battle against the elements, the golf course and life itself.” – Bill Murray
Comedian Bill Murray, best known for movies like Caddyshack and Groundhog Day, shares the insight above in a soon-to-be-released documentary titled, Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk.
Because I play almost all of my golf on public courses, I have only used a caddie once, at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield NJ. Actually, he was a forecaddie, meaning that he walked to where he expected me to hit the ball and then met me on the green to help me read my putt. I still remember my forecaddie telling me how to putt my ball from about 30 feet away.
“Aim your ball here,” he instructed, pointing to a spot nowhere near the hole, “and hit it as if you want it to go three feet.” Scratching my head in disbelief, I did as I was told, and my ball rolled to within a few feet of the cup. Unfortunately, I missed the comebacker for a three-putt, but I still won the hole over my fellow competitors.
That episode reminded me of the value of having a knowledgeable friend walk the course with you – and a dependable friend travel through life by your side. In grade school, those friends were named Mark, John, Bob, Phil, and Tad…short for Tadpole. By the time I got to high school, John and Bob were still there, but so were Steve, Andy, Rich, and a few others.
Today, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a Larry, a few more Steves, and a host of other friends, almost all of whom are brothers-in-Christ. Without them, I would have taken more than my share of spiritual detours along the way.
Yes, life is hard. So hard, in fact, that nobody gets out of it alive. But the journey will be more enjoyable and the path less arduous if you are blessed with a handful of good and godly friends.
My advice? Go find a few such friends…and be one yourself.
“Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” I Samuel 18:1 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President