The Way of an Eagle
by Bob Darden,
P. J. Richardson,
I grew up Catholic. My parents believe in the Bible, they believe in going to church,
and they never miss a Sunday, so they have a faith there.
But for me, golf was the most important thing in my life. Even when I was growing up in Louisville, my dream was to be a professional athlete. I used to work in my father's small, old grocery store in downtown Louisville. I was a stock boy, working long hours in the store and delivering groceries. My dad encouraged me to find a sport I could play well enough so that I would not have to work in the store for the rest of my life. This sounded great to me because I didn't like to work in the store.
I tried baseball first, but I wasn't good enough to pursue it as a career. I remember crying every time I struck out.
Next I took up golf. It all seemed so natural. Three times I attempted to qualify for the PGA Tour and I made it in 1987. My main goal in life was reached. Or so I thought.
But when my wife, Diane and I made the Tour in 1987, and we had a hard year kind of like 1994. When golf was going well, we were in a great mood, and when it wasn't, we weren't. And it wasn't going well at all that year. It was really a downer. When I got to the Tour, it was a lot harder than I thought. I just didn't do very well. And once you get out here and lose your card, it's harder still.
But during that year, Diane started going top some of the women's Bible studies. And one day when she came back, I saw a big difference in her. Our marriage wasn't doing so great, so in wondered what was going on.
She said, "why don't we start going too some of the studies in the evenings?" I said okay. I didn't really want to go, but I said, "why not."
Back then, I thought I knew all about it. I knew about Christ. I thought I was a believer and I did believe it all. I always had a fear of God, and I always wanted to do what was right. I had felt that way ever since I was little. There never was a moral reason why; it was more a fear of getting caught, of punishment. I still battle with that, even to this day, because that is so ingrained in me.
Diane and I became Christians at the B.C. Open Bible study in 1987. We announced to the group that evening that we were going to commit our lives to Christ. We really didn't know what we were doing at least I didn't know but we eventually knew as we learned more about it. My faith strengthened as I began reading the Bible and about the evidence supporting the Bible.
I lost my card that year and we went to Asia. Diane and I took our Bibles with us. It was a very slow growth process. The next year though, I got back on the Tour and we started going to the Bible studies and started growing in the Lord.
We'd looked all that year in Louisville for a church before we found one. It's a great church. Since then, it has been a process of just trying to grow in the Lord. I've had some ups and downs, played some good golf, and in 1994 played some poor golf and struggled.
But along the way, we adopted 2 children and being a Christian has made these adoptions easier. I never would have considered adoption before. Not that adoption is a "Christian thing" it's not. But Christianity changes the way you view things.
But it is still hard to apply Christianity in your life. Even now I go through doubts not really doubting God but when things don't go so hot, you begin to doubt God's plan for awhile. It doesn't last for long.
Then you realize you need more of an eternal viewpoint than a temporal one. I think that's what gets us through more than anything realizing that this worlds isn't all there is out there. We're not in the land of the living going someday into the land of the dying. It's the other way around. So that keeps us going.
It's frustrating when you don't have any security in your job but that's when you need to rely on Him more. If I played great all the time, I wouldn't have to rely on Him.
It's not like I'm hurting financially, I'm not. It's more that this is what I want to do with my life. I want to play the Tour and be a witness out there, whether it is speaking at a dinner or breakfast, or giving out a little card with my testimony on it.
I've learned to keep some of those cards in my pocket at all times, because someone can ask for an autograph anywhere and I can't give them a card if I don't have it, which makes me feel bad. I give them to my pro-am partners and to people whop ask for my autograph in the mail I put a card in with my autograph and send it back to them. I'm not sure how much good it does, but I think if it even helps one guy, then it has been worth it.
I really think God has called us to be out here and spread the good news.
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