If I had to choose between my wife and my putter... well, I’d miss her.
The unknown God
I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23
A few years ago I interviewed the Portuguese player Luis Vidigal about his team-mate, Figo. What is so special about Figo, I asked, of someone who had the opportunity to study him at close quarters.
He replied, "Figo has something special in his feet. He thinks and acts very fast. He is extremely difficult to stop. He is really blessed, without a doubt. Although he doesn't recognize that that blessing comes from the Lord".
Many sportspeople fall into that category - they are blessed by God with a body that works well. In many cases they have a special talent that sets them apart from others. But often they do not recognize God as the source of the talent.
Writing to the Romans, Paul says that there is no excuse for not recognizing that their talent is from God: "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse". Romans 1:20 As we represent Christ in the world of sport, it is our task to help our team-mates, fellow committee members etc to see and recognize the God who is present with them, albeit unknown to them.
As we play with them and seek to share something of our experience of God, we need to pray for them, that they will be open to see and experience the God who loves them.