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If I had to choose between my wife and my putter... well, I’d miss her.

Gary Player

Struggling

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Romans 15:30

What strikes me in this verse is the word “struggle”. It is easy to see Paul as the great Christian Superhero, above normal human emotions and experiences. He is the man who fearlessly proclaimed the gospel to Jews and Gentiles, before rulers, even when in prison.

Yet here he writes about his struggle. I found that encouraging because I struggle and sometimes feel guilty when I struggle. But struggling is now officially OK if even Paul does it! Athletes struggle with injury, with anxiety about performance, dealing with disappointment or uncertainty about the future – and with life.

Paul believes the best thing people can do to help him is to pray for him. It is so easy to fob people off with platitudes, to tell them you know how they feel – you don’t! – or to give them amateur psychology or human wisdom. Paul wants none of that. He wants them to pray to God for him.

As you look around your training group, circle of friends etc you will see people who are struggling. Pray for them and tell them you are praying.

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