A Life Caddy – by David McCann

Every year I look forward to my trip to Malone, NY to play in a team-based golf tournament. Usually golf is a very individual sport: it’s man against the course. The team game is exceptional because you have partners who encourage and advise. I remember last year, a medium length par 3, and my partner suggested that the head-on wind probably meant that I should use my driver. I did. I hit the green. Wonderful.

In the world of professional golf, the golfer has a caddy. The caddy’s role often involve confirming distance, suggesting an appropriate choice of club, or particular approach to the shot. The caddy is often the “unsung hero” of a victory.

I was thinking the other day: “Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a ‘life caddy’”? Someone ever-ready to offer a suggestion, propose some adjustment or correction before I took action. Someone who had as his primary goal, my victory.

But wait, isn’t that exactly what we, as believers, have?

(Jesus said): “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (Joh 14:15-18 NIV)

James wrote: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (Jas 1:5 NIV)

It looks to me like my success in life depends on whether I take my caddy’s advice or not. Personally, I’m looking for a win! You?