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Saturday, March 14, 2009


If a golfer posts an exceptionally good score, he may tell his buddies, “If it’s okay with you guys, I’d like to keep the scorecard. I may frame it.” However, if he posts an excruciatingly painful score, he may say, “If nobody wants this scorecard, I’ll just toss it in the trashcan.”

That’s the way it is with golfers. They like to savor a low score but hide the evidence of a bad score.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a bumper sticker that announced BD GOL4. Apparently the motorist was determined to go public about his atrocious golf. Maybe the license plate was some kind of penance or masochism. Why else would he notify everyone that he was a bad golfer?

Of course, it is remotely possible that BD stood for “Birdie. But wouldn’t a birdie golfer place an R between the B and the D?

If believers followed BD GOL4’s example and published their personal weaknesses or bad habits on their license plates, would the following messages flow through traffic?

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Isn’t it good that God doesn’t ask us to publicize our bad habits and besetting sins on vanity license plates? Instead, He invites us to confess them, lay them aside like worn-out clothes, and replace them with Christlike virtues (1 John 1:9; Colossians 3:8–14).

If you need victory over a nagging sin, claim that victory now. You may want to celebrate the victory by purchasing a vanity license plate that reads 4GVN or PSM 103 12.

© Jim Dyet

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