The spirituality of a golfing legend

Johnny Miller was a golfer who stood tall in the golden age of golf.
He was often paired with Seve Ballesteros. Seve gained attention in the golfing world in 1976, when at the age of 19, he finished second at The Open. Johnny won the Open that year.
Johnny Miller was one of the top players in the world during the mid-1970s. He was the first to shoot 63 in a major championship to win the 1973 U.S. Open, and he ranked second in the world on Mark McCormack's world golf rankings in both 1974 and 1975 behind Jack Nicklaus. Miller won 25 PGA Tour events, including two majors. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998.
He was the person who said "It's not what you accomplish in life that matters; it's what you overcome"
The full quote is actually "It's not so much what you accomplish in life that really matters, but what you overcome that proves who you are, what you are, and whether you are a champion."
Face it, we make mistakes in busin…

Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea

It's some of the most breathtaking, beautiful and iconic scenery in the world and it's literally on my doorstep. A one hour drive south from Belfast and a wee stroll from the main road car park and I've arrived at Murlough bay. It is simply glorious...I even managed to relax on the sandy beach and 'soak in some rays,' as the girls went for a dander.As I look toward Newcastle the backdrop is majestic, seeing the view of the mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea.Today's journey is to celebrate my sister in law's birthday, so we stopped off for a late breakfast in the chic cafe in the Montalto estate near Ballynahinch.If you ever come to Ireland make sure you come this way. If you are a golfer you could even play Royal County Down and let me tell you, it's a very challenging links course. My friend Tim and I have ticked this one off our bucketlist.This place is a tonic for the soul.Off now for a wee beverage in Percy French's, then to surprise m…

Life is like a box of chocolates

"Mama says 'Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get!' These insightful words were spoken by Forrest Gump played by a young Tom Hanks.
I also remember my brother in law, who led a large Sunday school, likening people to a box of chocolates. Everyone loved the strawberry soft centre ones, others, like the toffees, were hard, but few liked the coffee creams. As they say in Belfast "you couldn't love them if you rared them," as they were so disgustingly distasteful.

People you meet today will be like one chocolate from a box of chocolates.

Some you meet will be like the orange cream - soft centred, sweet and welcoming. Others will be like the toffees that pull your fillings out - a little hard, confrontational and reactionary. Others may be like the coffee creams - no matter what you do you just can't like them!
Which chocolate are you?


Try a little kindness

The local chicken factory was reputed to have supplied the leanest and plumpest of chicken breasts
in Northern Ireland. So, having heard this, my wife sent me on an errand to buy, not just one but two
boxes of those plumper than other chicken breasts – one for the work colleague and one for our
family freezer.
It was a rare hot summers day, when I arrived at the chicken factory, to collect the said luscious
chicken breasts. I paid my £100 at the factory office and hurriedly carried the two boxes to the boot
of my car, to get them out of the sun. And then it happened – in my haste I had set my car keys
beside the chicken boxes and promptly closed the boot lid, inadvertently locking the keys inside.
What a fool I felt I felt when I realised my faux-paux.
As ‘ingenuity is the mother of invention’, I thought, if I phoned a local locksmith that he’d maybe
gain access to the boot before the factory closing time. Unfortunately, the locksmith and I were to
discover that this car boot…

Never give up, you just never know...

Do you know your words have a power within them?
You can use them to encourage or discourage.
You can use them to build someone up or conversely use them to pull someone down.
The words you write or speak to others can leave a huge impact and create a lasting memory--either good or bad--so it's really important to choose them wisely.
Words can make or break a relationship and your choice of words and the way you express yourself can accelerate or kill your career prospects.
Last December one of my wife's schooltime girlfriend's (Mrs C), suggested that I apply for a certain job, as she kindly thought of me and reckoned that I possibly matched the criteria. Isn't it great when someone believes in you. There is something about encouragement that makes you say "I can," even if you may suffer rejection in the process.
It's said " That if you're not in you can't win!" So I put my "hat in the ring," so to speak. Well what do you kn…

Get your party clothes on - Part 2

Glad that almost 200 of you read Part 1.

Thanks for coming back. Here we go as we ponder three more biblical "Garments of the heart"

#3 The Garment of Humility
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger,. Submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you can be subject to one another, and be clothed with humility

"True humility is being able to accept criticisms as graciously as we accept compliments"
Six attributes of humility:
1) We acknowledge that we don't have it all together 2) We know the difference between self-confidence and pride 3)  We seek to add value to others 4) We take responsibility for our actions 5) We understand the shadow side of success 6) We are filled with gratitude for what we have

Humble means "modest; without an excess of pride
"Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will " (Zig Ziglar)

#5. The Garment of Love
Col 3:14 "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony"

Love (ag…

Get your party clothes on - Part 1

For a man it may be a tuxedo, for a woman that 'little black number' but dressing approriately for a party makes you feel you've made the effort to look your best.
Sometimes however we can be dressed inappropriately.
I had a last minute lunch date with my father in law. He was dressed in a sharp suit whereas I was in leisurewear. I knew the Malone Golf club was a tad prestigious, and sure enough as we entered the dining room I saw the sign "denims not permitted"! 
My entrepreneurial father in law was a member. He said to me "it'll be all right," so on his say so I confidently sat down and we ordered our meal. Some time had passed when we had the rather awkward moment.
The manager approached us to inform us that  my denim jeans were not allowed! We pleaded ignorance and reassured the manager that I'd be properly attired on any subsequent visit. How embarrassing.
Golf clubs are notorious for insisting on wearing the right gear. While playing in t…