Walking with Herb is a faith story, wrapped up in a golf venue. The book’s basic message is to convince readers to have faith in God, and thus faith in themselves, as being made in the image of God.
One of the best ways to live a life full of joy and fulfillment is to have faith. Faith that God created you. Faith that God loves you and wants you to be joyful and fulfilled. Faith that with God’s help, you are capable of achieving just about anything you want. Faith that things always work out for the best. I love an old Irish saying, that goes something like this: “Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not alright, it is not the end.” Faith is the doorway through which God enters our lives.
One of the best things about golf, and probably the best reason for playing the game, is the mental laboratory it provides for conducting experiments in a relatively bloodless arena. In many ways, golf serves as microcosm of life. The game allows you to find out what works for you when you are under pressure, when you are undecided about when to gamble, and when to take a risk, when you are trying to maintain your composure, and many other situations in which golf mirrors life. As you develop faith in your ability to handle these situations on the golf course, you develop faith in your ability to handle them in real life.
For the golfers reading this, I recommend this little experiment. The next time you play, don’t use any mechanical swing thoughts. Just hit every shot with complete confidence. I bet you’ll be surprised at the results.