There was this preacher who was an avid golfer. Every chance he could get, he could be found on the golf course swinging away. It was an obsession. One particular Sunday was a picture perfect day for golfing. The sun was shining, no clouds were in the sky, and the temperature was just right. The preacher was in a quandary as to what to do. Play golf or preach…
Shortly, the urge to play golf overcame him. He called his associate, told him he was sick, and asked the associate to take care of the Sunday church service for him. And soon he was standing at the 1st tee.
An angel up above was watching the preacher and was quite perturbed. She went to God and said, “Look at that preacher. He should be punished for what he is doing.” God nodded in agreement. The preacher teed up on the first hole. He swung at the ball and hit a perfect drive, straight as an arrow, four-hundred yards right to the green, where it gently rolled into the cup. A perfect hole-in-one. He was amazed and excited. The angel was a little shocked. He turned to God and said, “I thought you were going to punish him.”
God smiled. “I did. Just think about it… who can he tell?”
I can assure you, even when I played golf on a regular basis, I never called in sick, nor did I ever hit a hole-in-one. In fact, when I was a golfer, my “punishment” was how badly I played! I guess that is why when we gather for the Ninth Annual Covenant Cup Golf Tournament, I will not be golfing. I guess the Binks think that I might endanger too many innocent spectators. So, on September 28th, I will be restricted to driving the refreshment cart. I guess that isn’t the worst thing, at least people won’t take cover when they see me coming.
The Covenant Cup is an incredible outreach event to showcase the impact First United Methodist Church Missouri City has made and is making in our community. Oh yeah, it also has been a huge support in retiring our debt so that monies can be freed up to do ministry.
As successful as the event has been over the years, I believe it can and will be even better this year. To make the Covenant Cup all it can be, I need your help. In the coming weeks, you will hear about the many opportunities that are available for you to get involved. For now, I am asking that you pray for the tournament and those who are working together to make this year’s Cup the best yet!