Saturday, June 10, 2006
Okay, What does "inside the ropes" mean?
If you ever have been to a PGA Tour Golf Tournament, you have probably noticed that what separates you from the playing field (a lot, I might add) is a very long stretch of rope on both sides of the fairway and the greens. Try to cross that when play is on without permission and you're going home. "Inside the Ropes" is nothing more than that area that the Tournament has designated for "Players Only."
Now what has that have to do with the name of this blog spot? Well, in 1992, when I started this ministry, I was privileged to be "inside the ropes" with Andy North (two time U.S. Open Champ) at Pebble Beach, Ca during two practice rounds of the U.S Open being held there for the third time. I was what they call, "looping" for Mr. North because his caddie wasn't due in until later that week. What a thrill of a live time. I was paid $60 a day for two days. By the way, I had only caddied once before for a guy who was trying to qualify for the Open (and he didn't make the cut).
So, I feel like I can write about golf and the ministry I have done with caddies for 15 years a little bit better having been where they are all the time. I mean just a little bit better. . . .hopefully.
My goal all these years has been to get these guys "inside the ropes" of Christianity through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by "grace through faith." We have had some success over the years. The caddie pictured is good friend Andrew Martinez, Tom Lehman's caddie for the past 14 years. He is a faithful witness along with some other brothers.
So, there you have it. You now know. Please take out a piece of paper . . . we are going to have guiz . . . .!