I am writing yet another article at the Toyota dealership while my car is being serviced. I scheduled the service for today because tomorrow morning dad and I hit the road. For us it is the dream father/son trip. Thanks to the kind generosity of a friend, we are bound for Augusta, Georgia to spend a day at the Masters.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the Masters, it is the first major tournament of the year on the professional golf tour. Augusta National is an impeccably manicured course rich in golf history. Not just any professional golfer can play in the Masters. The championship consists of a select field of top golfers from around the world. For enthusiasts of the game, the Masters is a little bit of golf heaven.
I was seven-years-old when dad gave me my first set of clubs. Fifty-years later dad and I have played countless rounds of golf together. A lot of my memories with dad go back to times spent on the course. The last time I was in my hometown of Springfield, Missouri, dad and I played the same course we would play when I was just a kid. It isn’t the nicest course in town, but it takes me back to many special times.
For dad and I it’s golf. For other fathers and sons or daughters it may be something else like fishing. I saw a sign somewhere that read, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.” In the finally analysis, it isn’t the sport, hobby, activity, or destination we hold dear. It’s the time spent with family.
I encourage you to set aside time to spend with your loved ones. For those with young children, do not follow the example of one father I knew who decided to wait until his children were older so they could have more intellectual conversations. Bad decision. Your family needs you at every stage of life. Don’t wait. Do it now.
Because of some recent health issues, dad is not able to play golf at this time. But we are already making plans for the future. We will hit the course again.
Well, the car is done. Tomorrow dad and I are Augusta bound to make memories that will last a lifetime. Carve some time out of your schedule this week to spend with someone you love. The other stuff of life will wait. Go make a memory.
Pastor Todd Weston