by James Merritt

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Social Studies - How to Set Boundaries (4 of 5)
Series: Study Hall
James Merritt
Daniel 1; Genesis 39


1. I will never forget the first time I teed up my first ball on my first golf course to play my first game of golf. It looked so inviting - wide open fairways, lush green grass, a straight line of trees down to the right, a beautiful lake on the left and all you had to do is keep it between the woods and the lake.

2. I was thinking this would be a breeze. The ball isn't moving at 89 miles per hour like a baseball or 100 miles an hour like a hockey puck; it is just sitting there. All you have to do is just hit it down the middle.

3. Sounds easy - doesn't it? A little ball, a big club, wide fairway. Yet, the greatest player in the world, tiger woods, can only do it a little more than half the time - 55% of the time to be exact. Right down the middle - sometimes the toughest place to hit the golf ball, but the most rewarding.

4. The other side of that coin is the water and the trees. They are generally marked by white stakes, which mean ''out-of-bounds''. In other words, if you hit a ball on the other side of the white stakes, wherever those white stakes might be, you incur a penalty stroke - that is you lose a stroke. I have a saying, ''out of bounds lose ground'' you are penalized. A professional knows that one ball on the other side of a white stake can cost you a tournament and millions of dollars.

5. Life is a lot like golf. Success is determined by knowing where the boundaries are and staying within those bounds. Both penalty and punishment await those who ignore the boundaries that are built into the fabric of life.

- a successful CEO can go to prison for crossing financial boundaries.
- a united states president can be impeached for crossing legal boundaries.
- a marriage can be destroyed by a spouse crossing sexual boundaries.
- a ministry can be disgraced when a pastor crosses a moral boundary.

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