A God-given mulligan

It’s not uncommon for friendly golf games to allow an occasional mulligan. For those unfamiliar with the term, a mulligan is a “do-over”. If a player hits a particularly bad shot, he/she is allowed to try it again, hopefully with a better result.

Sometimes life is like that (a teacher gives you a chance to re-take a test, etc.) but more often it is not. Off the course we mostly have to get it right the first time, and unlike a golf shot, we often don’t get instant feedback with regard to the result. We have to wait for the results, and view them with hindsight to see how we could have done better. By then, it is usually too late to take a mulligan.

In Walking with Herb, our protagonist Joe is given a huge mulligan. He had chosen to spend his life in a very predictable, unnoticeable fashion as a small-town banker. God gave him a mulligan, offering him a chance to dive into an exciting mission, wherein he would deliver a message to the world. Joe was 63 years old, almost too late for him to take his mulligan, but he took it, and changed his life.

Will you recognize it when God gives you a mulligan? Has he already given you one? Please comment below to share your experience with mulligans in life.

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