DON’T CUT CORNERS
“And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the Lord said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.”
1 Samuel 24:4-5
Robert “Bobby” Jones is best known for being the only person in the history of golf to win the Grand Slam – all four major championships in the same calendar year. He won an impressive 13 majors in his short 15 years on tour, before retiring…as an amateur. But he could have won 14 majors if he hadn’t let his integrity “get in the way.”
In June of 1925, Jones found himself embroiled in an 18-hole playoff against Willie McFarlane, for the US Open Championship. On the eleventh hole at the Worcester Country Club, Jones addressed the ball for his second shot and according to Jones, it moved a smidge.
Now in the silly game of golf, if the ball moves…at all…even by accident…it’s a one shot penalty.
But no one saw the ball vacillate except for Bobby himself. There wasn’t a TV camera pointed at him. No one saw the ball move save him – not a gallery member, not his caddie, not even his competitor. But Jones called the one shot penalty on himself, anyway.
The officials gathered round and began to question him. “Are you sure? I didn’t see anything.” They asked members in the gallery, they asked each other, and they even asked Jones’ opponent, McFarlane. But nobody saw anything- Not a soul! But Jones was sure he had inadvertently moved the ball and was certain he should be penalized one stroke and so he was. Jones went on to lose the tournament by one stroke. Jones knew only one way to play the game, and that was with integrity.
Jones realized what we all must -you can’t cut corners to finish your course. You can not cut corners to get to your anointed destiny. Unless a man strive lawfully, he can not receive a crown (2 Tim 2:5)
An opportunity is only good if you do not have to compromise integrity. No sacrifice=no success. You can not short change success. There is a price to pay and the price never goes on sale. You can’t get true success at someone else’s expense. You have to pay the price yourself. There is no shortcut to success! You have to take Calvary road to get to Easter Sunday. You have to go through a wilderness to get to the promised land. You must go through a cave to get to the throne! You must travel Gods prescribed strait and narrow road to reach success. David’s heart smote him because he was convicted for cutting corners! He realized it was not Gods way, that he must never compromise integrity for opportunity and never compromise character for convenience. DONT CUT CORNERS because you will never get to where God wants you!