There was a breeze out and aside from one of my sons getting sun-burned legs, it was pretty good to be out wacking a small dimpled ball into a cup. The front nine was dismal for each of us. I three-putted every green. I would read the slope of the green and try to place the approach putt within two feet of the pin. After a few holes I found myself thinking that I would miss. Even on putts inside four feet from the hole the thought that I would miss dominated my mind. I missed almost every putt that I thought I would miss.
Our thoughts can be like a steering wheel. The direction you point your thoughts matter. If you think you will fail, it is very likely that you will fail. If yours thoughts morally stink, it is very likely that your actions will morally stink.
God calls us to steer our thoughts in the direction of His character.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Steer your thoughts towards these qualities and the areas of your life that have missed the mark will change. Confidence and peace from the presence of God will fill your life.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Today, begin to putt, excuse me, put into practice steering your thoughts towards truth, nobility, rightness, purity, loveliness, admirable things, excellence and praise.