Posts in A Journey of Awe Series
The Twelve Foot Putt

I received a call one day from my colleague and dear friend, Dr. Rick McGuire, from the University of Missouri. It was back in the day when he and I were professors of sport psychology at our prospective schools. I was at KU. He was calling about a young mini tour golfer, Stan Utley, who he had been helping

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The Circle of Faith

When I was 14 an evangelist showed up at our public high school. At a school wide assembly that morning where he spoke he invited us to come down to his crusade that night. It would be held at the Heart of Texas Coliseum, in Waco, Texas—a rodeo arena.

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INFLUENCE

Just the other day I was invited to play golf and speak at our church’s annual golf tournament. The six campuses of this mega church in the DFW area gathered together to compete for the trophy that will be displayed for the next year at the church that wins. The course was packed.

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Juxtaposition

I had the privilege of preaching at 2nd Baptist Church of Houston a few years back. It is a mega church in Houston led by my friend Pastor Ed Young. They have several campuses and many thousands of members. After preaching several services at the main campus I was transferred in a van to the Katy, Texas, campus late Sunday morning for my final sermon. I had a wonderful time with the congregation. As I said my good byes, I headed across the highway from this affluent church to fill my truck with gas before driving back to San Antonio. I was dressed in my suit like most of the people there.

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I wish you could spend a day with me in Utopia...

I am not sure why but it just seems to be a place for personal revelation -- an epicenter of heavenly downloads. Something unexplainable happens as I sit among the majestic Cypress that line the shimmering crystalline Sabinal River. The Cypress needles are dressed in their elegant autumn red. The scent of a chimney’s first fire stirs the soul and awakens some ancient emotion.  The feathery cirrus clouds hang high above the v shaped patterns of the ushers of change. The caress of the long anticipated north breeze breaks the hold of summer causing it to drift ever further south to the lower hemisphere. It’s a new season…

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God Put Her Next to Me

It was a Sunday evening in early February many years ago. I had gone home for the weekend. I was attending college at the time across town from where my parents lived so it was not a major trip home. It was a chance to catch up with my parents, get my clothes washed, and have a few home cooked meals. I had gone to church with them that morning. 

A few months prior to this day I had seen a beautiful young lady sing at church.

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God, Golf and Wal-Mart

Our movie, Seven Days in Utopia, had come and gone from the theaters by early October 2011. So what was to follow? Well the first thing was distribution of the DVD. We wanted a quick turnaround so that the DVD could be in the retail stores by Christmas. We needed a miracle for that to happen. It was well into October and most Christmas marketing strategies by the major retailers were set.

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It Doesn't Compare

I was the Sport Psychologist for the San Antonio Spurs. It was the week of the NBA Finals and the Spurs were in. They were playing for the World Championship. In my line of work this was seen as the pinnacle of success. I was looking forward to the experience but there was a dilemma.

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An Eternal Double Cross

Golf has many interesting terms for wayward shots. Duck hook, shank, slice, chunk, chili dip, fat, skank, are just a few. There is also the dreaded double-cross. While these others come as surprises to most, the double cross happens when we actually play for the ball to intentionally move in one direction but the opposite happens. 

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