Mulligan

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Contributed by Mike Scott, Elder Overseer of Web/Graphic Arts/Media at Image Church

What is a Mulligan? The origin of the term is up for debate, but the most widely credited story of the mulligan origin centers on a Canadian golfer named David Mulligan. He was supposedly the first to take a mulligan shot – essentially a “do-over” shot – after being badly shaken from the rough driving over a bridge on his way to the golf course. His playing partners then dubbed the shot after their shaken friend, calling it the “Mulligan.” There are other stories about other players named Mulligan, and many follow much the same pattern.

This time of year people make resolutions for the New Year, but some of us would probably like a Mulligan on some things that happened in 2010.

In the following passage, we find Jesus having a conversation with Peter.

John 21:15 (ESV) 15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Here we find Peter in a situation where he would have loved a do-over or a mulligan. He had denied Jesus in a moment of fear and weakness, not once but three times. However, we see Jesus restore Peter even though he had denied Jesus three times, but Jesus makes Peter confess that he loved Jesus three times.  Jesus restored Peter just like he restores us when we fail or stray away from Him or lose focus. This year can be one of challenge and great accomplishments. It will also be tough and discouraging at times. The past is the past, and we can’t go back and do it over or take a mulligan. Make this year count.


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