Dear Suamico UMC members and friends,
Summer in Wisconsin is beautiful. People enjoy outdoor activities, walking, running, biking, kayaking, and golfing, to name a few. I enjoy golfing which is often challenging to me. I realized that golf swings involve imagination, visualization, and execution.
To hit a golf ball to the target spots, golfers must comply to the law of physics, calculating direction, trajectory, and swing speed. If everything goes right by the law of physics, the golf ball gets to the targeted spot. If the law of physics is violated, the ball cannot reach the intended destination. After golfing for almost ten years, my golfing did not improve much. So I decided to take golf lessons. The teacher told me that there were three major mistakes in my golf swing, a poor grip, a wrong takeaway, and an incomplete follow through. He taught me better ways of golf swings.
Now I am unlearning my old, incorrect swing forms and am learning new and better swing forms. It’s hard to shed an old habit but I have faith that if I stick to the teacher’s words, my golfing will improve gradually. Likewise, as Christians, we need to have faith that if we stick to the teachings of Jesus, we will grow in our Christian faith. If we practice our Christian values, we can be good examples for others to follow.
In our United Methodist Church we emphasize personal holiness and social holiness. Let us work on our personal holiness by following Jesus’s teachings on kindness and compassion. Let us also work on our social holiness by working for justice, peace and harmony. “Practice makes (almost) perfect” applies to our spiritual disciplines as well as in sports.
Enjoy the beautiful summer!
Pastor Jerry Cho
Thank you all for the birthday cards, balloons, ice cream and cookies for my birthday! Much appreciated!