Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalm 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8
Major James Nesmith was a man who had a vision for improving his golf game. Just an average player, he developed a unique method of transforming his vision into reality. But for seven years he didn’t play even a single hole. He didn’t touch a golf club or step onto a course. Ironically, it was during this seven-year break that Major Nesmith came up with his amazingly effective technique for improving his game — an approach we can all learn from. And the first time he set foot on a golf course after his seven-year layoff, he shot an astonishing seventy-four. Using only his mind, he slashed twenty strokes off his previous best of ninety-four.
While that accomplishment alone will pique the interest of the golfers here today, the truly remarkable part of the story is that Major Nesmith spent those seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. During those seven years, he saw no one, spoke to no one, experienced no…