My favorite movie is one that expresses hope in overcoming the guilt and shame of the past. The name of the movie is The Legend of Bagger Vance. The main character, Rannulph Junuh had an illustrious golf career cut short by his enlistment in WWI. During the war, he made a decision that cost the lives of his entire platoon. As a result of the guilt, Junuh returned home to a self-imposed exile. When asked to enter a local golf match representing his home town, he initially refused. When asked why, he dryly responded, “I lost my swing.” He did finally consent to enter the tournament only to find that he is plagued with the shadow of his past.
The Legend of Bagger Vance isn’t really about golf. It’s about a man being able to shake off his past and find again that place of confidence and hope; it’s about a man “finding his swing.”
I completely identify with Junuh. I’ve experienced the overwhelming sense of hopelessness. I know what it’s like to wonder if I would ever be whole again. Maybe you know that feeling as well?
Life comes fast and hard. It can bury the part of us that hopes under a layer of regrets. Whatever the reason, maybe you too have lost your swing.
There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Simply put, regardless of what’s happened God’s purpose for your life has not changed. God does not oversee or manage your past. God has no plans for your yesterday. But, He is actively designing your future. He does have a purpose for your tomorrow.
I want to challenge you to do something scary. I’m asking you to take a chance again. I’m asking you to get up, brush yourself off and trust in God’s unfailing love. It’s time to step out of the shadows and play the game you were always meant to play!